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I agree with the comments above, also, that the days of the Rilato’s single screen as a first or second run movie theater are over. I started seeing films there when it was a “revival” theater in the 70’s. Hard to belive that there were almost 20 of these types of theaters offering diverse cinema programming before home video killed them all. Yet, the future of the Rialto lies in it becoming a community/multi-use theater and I agree with all the ideas above for it’s potential use. It would require a tremendous infusion of cash to get the theater and the adjoining space (now occupied by an empty cafe and neglected trading card store) and could be developed in something similar to Arclight where you could enjoy varied programming such as a play, High School graduation, concert, speakers, etc and have a meal or a drink afterward in a cafe/resturant. But I suppose the current owners of the buliding would have to sell or take part in such a venture. Anybody know who owns the Rilato? Of course I may have to move out of South Pasadena before I see anything happen if the bloody rents keep going up.
I sure hope that the city of South Pasadena intervenes and takes some responsibility in finding an investor for the theater. The theater could benifit from a private party taking over the lease or buying the building outright and restoring it similar to the Orpheum and Los Angeles theaters in Los Angeles – and maybe the Los Angeles Conservancy can get involved too. The Rialto is very much an icon in South Pasadena and can be used for many things, but the city needs to get involved. Save this historic theater.
Used to go to the Vagabond in the late 70’s and 80’s when there were such a thing as revival theaters in Los Angeles. I recall seeing an uncut version of the 1933 original version of “King Kong” there – complete with the scene where Kong pops a guy into his mouth and them spits out his clothes! Good times. Recently I watched the 1980 film “The Formula” with Marlon Brando and Gecorge C. Scott. Not much to the film (other then Brando’s weird performance), but there is a scene at the beginning that shows Scott leaving the Vagabond after seeing a film there. Check it out.
I second Ken MC ’s comment about Joe Vogel. I grew up in Monterey Park and went to all the local theters as a lad in the 1960’s and 70’s and am, too, very sad that nothing remains of them. I certainly enjoy Joe’s knowledge about the history of these theaters and almost feel like I know the man!