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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres
Previous Names: Shubert Theatre
The Rialto Theatre was located on Springwood Avenue, just west of Main Street. It was a small venue, 400 seats or so, and was open sometime around 1900 as the Shubert Theatre, a stage venue, later to become a nickelodeon and grind house. On December 7, 1920 it was renamed Rialto Theatre. It was closed in the early-1930’s, a victim of the Depression.
People who remember the place say it was the "black" theatre of its day, and African-Americans had to sit on the left, whites on the right, and when the lights went down people sat where they wanted to. It later became the jailhouse for Asbury Park.
It is unoccupied at this writing, for rent, although there is nothing to suggest it ever was a theatre. Sound was never installed as far as records indicate.
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