Rialto Theatre

326 Main Street,
Louisville, CO 80027

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Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre was opened in 1906. Listed as seating 200, not wired for sound and (Closed) in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1932, having closed in 1931. It became a grocery store and then a woodshop before it was demolished in 1959.

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MichaelKilgore on February 25, 2024 at 7:49 am

According to a retrospective in the Louisville Times, the Rialto was built around 1906 by H. H. Fischer for Tom Metz. In 1922, Metz sold the Rialto to S. G. Biella, who would later buy the Rex a couple doors down. The Louisville directory showed the Rialto’s address at 326 Main Street.

Apparently, the Rialto was a silent-only theater. Biella installed sound equipment in the Rex in 1929 and closed the Rialto in late 1931 or early 1932. The building became a grocery, then a woodshop before being town down in 1959.

Thanks to the fine folks at the Louisville Historial Museum, who helped find these details about the Rialto.

MichaelKilgore on February 25, 2024 at 8:38 am

On review, it’s apparent Louisville renumbered Main Street between 1932 and 1959, when the Times referred to the old Rialto location as in the 800 block. (Directories from the 1920s showed both theaters in the 300 block.) That would put the Rialto across the street from the Rex, with an approximate modern-day address of 826 Main Street.

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