Rialto Theatre

120 E. Aurora Street,
Ironwood, MI 49938

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Previously operated by: Thomas Theatre Group

Previous Names: Grand Theatre, Empress Theatre

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As reported in the Ironwood News Record, the Empress Theatre opened in July 1912 and was temporarily named the Grand Theatre in March 1917. There is more information that as early as 1909 it was converted from a store to a theatre.

The Rialto Theatre reopened May 4, 1917, under the management of C.H Fulton and George Peck, owners of the Rex Theatre. It was noted the building was leased from the O'Donnell and Nolan families for two years.

Annette Kellerman in “A Daughter of the Gods" and “Intolerance" were among the high-class films to be shown soon.

In April 1925, it was taken over by United Theatres, a large Wisconsin chain, but by April 1926, the city declared the building unsafe for occupancy. In addition the building caught fire on July 8, causing $8,000 in damages.

The Rialto Theatre was torn down in 1927 and the Rosemurgy building was built on the site.

Film Daily Year Book 1927 lists the Rialto Theatre with 525 seats.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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robboehm on May 17, 2021 at 5:58 am

For a short period of time it was operated by the Thomas Theatre Group along with more than a dozen other Michigan theatres.

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