Last night at Rialto

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 16, 2008 at 11:00 am

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — Here’s a touching account of the final night screening of “Cinema Paradiso” at the closing night of the Rialto Theatre.

Then, as my car slowed in anticipation of a traffic light, I could see the letters — those six red letters, evenly separated and against a yellow backdrop, which brought back the memories like a biblical flood.


As I passed the movie theater that has forever influenced my life, I could see the title of the movie I had come to see up on the marquee: “Cinema Paradiso,” an Italian fable about the magic of movies and the lasting presence of friendship.

Read the full story at The Leader.

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Comments (4)

moviebuff82 on June 16, 2008 at 3:26 pm

the closure of the rialto leaves the loews in ridgefield park as the only choice of going to the movies in that area.

GaryParks on June 17, 2008 at 12:13 am

I have heard of several theatres which have chosen “Cinema Paradiso” as the last film to show before they close, a very apt choice. In my local area, one such theatre that did so was the Varsity in Palo Alto, when it closed in 1994. Since it was closing on a Saturday, they ran one last screening of “Rocky Horror…” at Midnight (thus technically being the last movie shown) before shutting off the projectors for good. The Varsity has been a Borders bookstore ever since, though most of the exterior and many features of the interior were retained in the conversion.

markp on June 17, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Does anyone know what will become of the Rialto, and why has it closed?

PeterApruzzese on June 18, 2008 at 12:55 am

Closed for good, equipment being sold, owner selling building:

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