Rialto Theatre

479 Main Street,
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Previous Names: Star Theatre

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Located up the block from the Spensley Theatre, the Star Theatre opened August 29, 1908. Proprietors Schawb and McComb, Chicago, advertised the theatre as a “positive revelation in moving pictures”. Sanborn Maps 1909 lists it as moving pictures.

An advertisement in the Telegraph Herald on March 10, 1929, noted its reopening as the Rialto Theatre playing Tom Mix in “Rough Riding Romance”.

Beginning August 18, 1929, a series of advertisements in the Telegraph Herald offered the 240-seat theatre for sale. By 1931 an upholstery shop was listed in the building.

On June 14, 1970, it was reported urban renewal resumed Friday. Working crews dismantled the former Feller Van Horne Upholstery shop at 479 Main Street.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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