Possible screening at Rialto Saturday

posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 27, 2007 at 7:57 am

SOUTH PASADENA, CA — Not regularly showing films since August, the Rialto Theater will supposedly show “Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Saturday evening. No information on specific time or admission prices.

Announcement provided by the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee.

(Thanks to jilldoughtie for providing the photo.)

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Comments (16)

HowardBHaas on December 27, 2007 at 8:03 am

Supposedly? Where’s the text of the announcement?

Dublinboyo on December 27, 2007 at 9:09 am

I can’t speak for this Saturday, but if you are in the wonderfully over-priced and over-rated city of South Pasadena, stop by the Rialto for “Eddie G’s Birthday Bash” on December 28th. It’s on the marquee.
P.S. The building is definitely on the market.

Michael Zoldessy
Michael Zoldessy on December 27, 2007 at 11:07 am

I was hoping someone else more in the know could shed some light on it. I was just emailed saying they were showing the movie there this Saturday. Without any specific information I didn’t want it to appear as definite.

Manwithnoname on December 27, 2007 at 1:13 pm

How’s this? From the Dark Refrain website:


December 29th


(Box office open at 10pm)

The Farewell Performance of Rocky Horror at the Rialto.

After this one, it’s all over. Don’t miss it.

We will finish 30 years of Rocky Horror at the historic Rialto Theater this weekend.

1023 Fair Oaks Avenue

South Pasadena, CA

Rialto Theater

Phone 626-799-1824

Tickets are $13 general admission, and $10 for all in costume. Cash only.

Commemorative T-shirts, Programs, Tickets, and more will be available on limited basis.

Multiple special performances from multiple casts are confirmed

Currently gathering Rocky Vendors. Email DEVO for vendor reservations.

Alumni should contact DEVO for casting also.

Casting from all three eras of Rocky at the Rialto (VI, RW, and DR)

Come find out who will retire and who will not.

Approximately 10 special performances have already been confirmed and looking for more

Manwithnoname on December 27, 2007 at 1:25 pm

In August of 2007, with no notice, the Rialto theater in South Pasadena was completely shut down. The cast of Dark Refrain, on the verge of completing 30 continuous years of Rocky Horror in the theater, wasn’t even allowed one last show.

THIS COMING SATURDAY, December 29th, Dark Refrain has booked a FINAL FAREWELL PERFORMANCE OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Rialto. After this, the theater will probably close its doors for years.

This Rocky Horror performance comes on the final weekend of 2007; Rocky Horror was shown for the first time in the Rialto on the first Saturday of 1978. We now complete our thirty years, and we close our theater and our show with glory.

The Saturday, December 29th show will be an epic night, and should NOT BE MISSED. An all-star lineup from all three casts that have shared the Rialto will perform, representing Voyeuristic Intention, Rocky’s Whores, and Dark Refrain.

Expect an hour’s worth of outstanding pre-show acts from professional entertainers and supporting Rocky casts.

Box office opens at 10PM, doors at 11PM, Preshows start at midnight. Tickets $13, $10 in costume.

The Rialto, a magnificent 1925 movie palace built to seat 1200, is decorated with golden buddhas, a glowing-eyed gargoyle over the stage, and stunning architectural detail. This was one of the last 1920s movie palaces open to the public for films, and with its full stage, orchestra pit, flyhouse, organ loft and balcony, it is the ULTIMATE ROCKY HORROR VENUE.

If you haven’t seen our show there, this is your last chance. This may well mark the retirement of Dark Refrain and the final Rocky performance in South Pasadena.


Rialto Theater
1023 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Cast: http://www.adarkrefrain.com

odotron on December 28, 2007 at 1:27 am

hello my name is adam and i am trying to get in contact with the rialto’s owner if anyone has any info on this please contact me and let me know asap I AM GOING TO RESTORE her and reopen her to the public


HowardBHaas on December 28, 2007 at 5:44 am

I’m guessing if you had the FUNDS (yes, lots of funds! not just ideas, but funds!) to restore the Rialto, you’d have more than a “hotmail” email account, and probably would realize more effective ways to find the owner (realtor, etc) than to blog comment here.

odotron on December 28, 2007 at 11:44 am

well the fund i am getting a loan on i have already been approved and i have searched for finding him i know his name philip jebbia but i cannot find any contact info every were ive looked that is why i posted here

HowardBHaas on December 28, 2007 at 11:52 am

Yes, he’s the trustee for the owner. The LA Times reporter who interviewed him might perhaps give you contact info.

However, even if you had hundreds of thousands of dollars to “invest” in the chairs, carpets, paint, or perhaps millions depending on heat, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, etc, what would you do with the Rialto? FORGET daily movies- nobody is going to be in the black there doing that in a one theater, one screen house.

KramSacul on December 28, 2007 at 5:21 pm

This place needs an org like Amaerican Cinemateque to step in… Minus the butchering (ie Egytpian) of course.

HowardBHaas on December 28, 2007 at 5:24 pm

With a 1200 seat capacity for one auditorium, it is too big for daily movies in its location. AFI doesn’t operate auditoriums that big.

It needs live shows (and a film series like the Alex, the Warner Grand, etc).

odotron on December 28, 2007 at 9:54 pm

duhh im not that stupid i have been looking into this for sometime and i can do most of the work my self i am very capable in all areas

MagicLantern on December 29, 2007 at 8:44 am

Gee whiz, Howard – way to be extra-encouraging.

HowardBHaas on December 29, 2007 at 8:50 am

Sorry if I didn’t sound encouraging, but good intentions and encouragement won’t reopen the Rialto. It will take a lot of cash, and probably the involvement of a community based nonprofit, or an experienced operator of other theaters. I DO wish to see the Rialto restored and reopened for entertainment.

Dublinboyo on December 31, 2007 at 1:41 pm

We ALL want to see the Rilato re-opened and, of course, restored. I am hoping it can be converted into multi-use and not just for rentals for so and so’s “Sweet Sixteen Party.” So, cheers “Rialto Saver” – good luck and I hope you can make a go of it. At least you’re trying which is more then can be said for the City of South Pasadena. You may wish to contact the city or maybe whoever is in charge of designating the Rialto a historic building, or perhaps Landmark Corporation in the hopes that they may have the info you need and again good luck – and thank you.

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