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DGO79 commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 4, 2009 at 5:08 am

I have very fond memories of The Rialto. JJF is right—we called it the itch—probably because it was pretty funky and your feet stuck to the floor. I went to the Saturday double features—generally movies that had long seen their day in theaters. I loved the horror and sci fi movies. For instance, I saw the double feature of the original “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” there. I think the doors opened at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon. I would bring 51 cents: 26 cents(?)for the ticket and 25 cents to spend in the snack machines (there was no candy counter) which dispensed soda, popcorn and ice cream. I think the owner would sell the tickets and then go upstairs and run the projector. There was a matron who would prowl the aisles with the flashloight and intimidate the kids. I went to PS 79 which was a block away and rememmber when they gutted it either 1957 or 1958.