Every time I see an interior view of the Rialto Theater I wonder how it could be this big on the inside and so small on the outside. Even though this was a relatively small theater, I'll bet it was a thrill to see a movie or a show from this balcony.
This image is likely from 1921. It is part of a set including a lobby view with 1921 releases. Notes on the reverse boast that the light fixture was 8 feet diameter and made of parchment.
The museum has a painted curtain from the Rialto in its collection. I'll need to check whether it is the one we see in this view. I know that Wurlitzer is in our collection, awaiting restoration. We saw Vera Kolstad playing it in a very early HHR post.
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If I remember correctly those "boxes" had been sealed off in my childhood. I assume that behind that lattice work were where the pipes were to the organ and that was all gone in my era. My sister-in-law should take a gander at this as she worked there during high school....
Would be interesting to know who did the beautiful curtain........I think it was just a plain one there in the '50's.
Charlott on 30th November 2015 @ 7:03am
Wondering if the openings are boxes or just decorative. The angle of the walls does not allow them to face the stage.
I have never seen such a beautiful curtain in a theater, hope it has been preserved.
Kenn on 30th November 2015 @ 7:14am
WOW, lots of memories.....one is that father John L. did some moon lighting counting patrons in either the late 40s or early 50s.....Roger and I still have his hand counters. I think he did that for the movie distributors so that they could either keep the theater honest or audit billings...not sure...maybe movie rental was by attendee count. The original movie The Thing scared the daylights out of me in this theater..........No idea the interior looked so nice back in the 1920s.......
Arlen Sheldrake on 30th November 2015 @ 10:08am
the curtain painting sure looks like a great view of Lost Lake and Mountain Hood
Arlen Sheldrake on 30th November 2015 @ 10:12am
Is that the same theater we went to in the late 50's?
Buzz on 30th November 2015 @ 1:56pm