Rialto Theatre

319 E. Main Street,
Alice, TX 78323

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Previously operated by: Hall Industries Theaters

Styles: Art Deco

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1948 photo of the Rialto courtesy of the Lincoln Land Facebook page.

The Rialto Theatre was opened by 1932. A beat up fairly large triangle shaped marquee adorns the front of the two story building. “Rialto” was spelled out in Art Deco fashion lighted with neon. On the front of the marquee there is still a big “A”.

The two sets of entrance doors are undoubtedly the original doors. They are solid wood and no windows in them. The box office is to the right of the entrance doors.

The Rialto Theatre has been totally neglected since its closing. The entire underside of the marquee is falling off in pieces. The entire front of the building was done in a mixture of colors, from white to yellow to green to multi color bricks on the street level. I am sure in its days though that it did a great job of serving the almost 20,000 people of Alice with the best in motion pictures.

It was demolished in August 2020.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

James Colburn
James Colburn on June 30, 2005 at 11:17 am

Open those doors and the entire place is caved in.
They still have a good front to it but thats all. What a shame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Glad to see they had enough marquee letters.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

And they are showing the same movie all the time.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I just added a 1948 photo of the Rialto, courtesy of the Lincoln Land Facebook page.

TJinSF
TJinSF on August 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

https://www.kiiitv.com/article/news/demolition-begins-on-alices-historic-realto-theater/503-b2158624-f6ff-4edb-a0bf-17772eef4114?fbclid=IwAR1HatEXjWD3-oVYi8Zuf0zekmYEBVtEKOw8JRc3AC1GHscOgoWezUPfJSg

Demolition has started at the Rialto.

Justwideman
Justwideman on August 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Currently gutted and most of the art deco top has been removed as well as the overhang and name. (see new image)

thebigfoist
thebigfoist on August 8, 2022 at 7:37 pm

I have a postcard marked from January 1941 with the Rialto clearly visible in the “Main Business Section, Alice, Texas.” So, it was opened well before 1948. I’m not sure where the KIII story got that year.

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