23 E. Galena Boulevard,
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Styles: Renaissance Revival
Previous Names: Sylvandale Dance Hall
The Rialto Theatre was built in 1919, in what was formerly the Sylvandale Dance Hall, built only a few years earlier. This ornate and luxurious theater could seat about 2250, had a pipe organ, and a bowling alley in the basement.
In 1928, the Rialto was destroyed in a blaze (the same fate which would befall Aurora’s Strand Theatre the next year). The Paramount Theatre was constructed on the Rialto’s site a couple years later, an Art Deco masterpiece by the Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp, which still is open today, as a venue for live entertainment.
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