Rialto Theater

220 E. Grand Avenue,
Tonkawa, OK 74653

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Previously operated by: Thompson Theatres Circuit

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Rialto Theater

The Rialto Theater was opened in September 1926. It was operated by the Thompson Theatres Circuit into 1950’s. It was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955 and was demolished in March 1960. McArthur Museum now stands on the site.

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raybradley on August 30, 2007 at 12:13 am

1935 & 1940 exterior shots of the Spanish Colonial styled Rialto can be seen by typing in word “rialto”,
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raybradley on March 26, 2011 at 2:06 am

…above 1985 picture is actually that of the former Ray Theatre in Tonkawa.

This is the spot where the Rialto Theatre was located on 220 E. Grand Ave. The McCarter Museum now occupies this space.
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missmelbatoast on April 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

HUGE mistake!!! Not Rialto pix. roadsideoklahoma made an error, above pictures are those of the Ray.
In its last days the Rialto looked more like an expensive Hollywood backlot set than a movie house.
Now razed, listing should be changed to demolished.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm

“Another show place has been torn down to make way for a parking lot. The Rialto, which was built in Tonkawa in the late 1930s, has been sold to a real estate company. The theatre has been closed for several years.” — Boxoffice, April 4, 1960

dallasmovietheaters on October 12, 2019 at 9:28 am

Launched as a silent theatre on September, 1926, operators added vitaphone and Movietone sysyrms for talkies in May of 1929,

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