Rialto Theatre

1481 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 30, 2016 at 6:57 am

Excerpt from the NY Times review dated April 26, 1941:

The Rialto is following tradition this week in celebrating a quarter of a century of purveying movies to the public with a new screen-and-squeal item, “The Black Cat,” a comedy thriller suggested by a Poe short story…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

1957 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm

“Cat People” played to packed houses at the Rialto in 1942, and was held over for many weeks. The Rialto audiences were considered “the most savvy movie-goers in the world”.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 22, 2015 at 5:37 am

1970 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I believe this theatre had legit fare in the late 70s ,early 80s. “Musical Chairs”,“Marlowe” and a revival of the musical version of “Canterbury Tales”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Times Square porn theatres circa summer 1970.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jkbx53LjKU&feature=related

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on March 11, 2011 at 7:24 am

The Cineplex Odeon run lasted from 6/12/1987 (opening with Predator) to 7/5/1990 (closing with The Hunt for Red October).

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Can you post the ad that you got that info from, Tinseltoes?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Woody, I think that photo may have been just after the opening as the Warner. By the time it closed the 42nd Street marquee was long gone.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Sinatra and Abbott & Costello on the same bill. Now that’s entertainment, folks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm

From the post above, the Dead End Kids fit the policy:

42nd Street Memories * Jerry Kovar on Aug 15, 2006 at 5:52am

  • Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

“The Rialto opened for Christmas of 1935 with Frank Buck’s ‘'Fang and Claw.’‘ The theater’s manager, Arthur Mayer, saw the Rialto as distinctly masculine in tone. Most theaters, he said in a newspaper interview after the opening, were ’‘rococo, luxurious palaces for the uxorious,’‘ both in styling and choice of films. His theater, both in styling and presentations, sought to satisfy the ’‘ancient and unquenchable male thirst for mystery, menace and manslaughter.’‘ He was soon called the ’‘merchant of menace.’”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Excerpt from the New York Times' review of a Dead End Kids picture “Call A Messenger”

“To say that "Call a Messenger” fits in with the policy of the Rialto, which is to improve on any time-tested formula for shock by the simple expedient of doubling the dose, is to say everything. It doubles the dose, and although this method, on a few unfortunate occasions, has been known to prove fatal, it ought rather to be good for a minute portion of amusement in the present case."

number71
number71 on February 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm

On the TV show “Fame”, in an episode called “Street Kid” (episode # 18 2/25/1982), you can see the marquee in the background while the character of Doris talks to some streetwalkers.

William
William on September 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I would agree with mendoza’s post to. “Rambo: First Blood Part 2” was released 1985 and the second feature “Runaway” was from 1984.

korgsman
korgsman on September 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm

ken mc, given the show at the Lyric, this looks to be circa 1985 not 1979.

jflundy
jflundy on July 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Photo link, 23 November 1939, courtesy of Warren. This is a very interesting one:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Here is a November 1979 photo from the NY Daily News:
http://tinyurl.com/klfyyg

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 4, 2009 at 5:44 am

Excerpt from NY Times review of “I Walked with a Zombie” (1943)

“Horror” pictures are enjoying a peculiar popularity the country over at the moment, according to box-office statistics, so it seems reasonable to assume that RKO has a safe bet in “I Walked With a Zombie,” which opened yesterday to a packed house at the Rialto and, at one point, drew a horrified scream from a woman patron. It’s just like the days of old when “The Bat” and “The Gorilla” were scaring audiences out of their wits, and “Frankenstein’s Monster” was making the night hideous for children and the more impressionable oldsters.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Well said, Ed. I couldn’t agree more.