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I found the opening day information for the original 1935 Rio. It opened on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935. The premier feature was “It Happened One Night” with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The original Rio was located in the Vineyard Building on the corner of Milam Street and Richmond Road. That building was demolished in December 1991.
The Starlite is still for sale, but a different realty firm is involved. It’s listed with Searchers Realty (phone (979)830-5200). The first thing I thought of upon seeing the new signs was “The Searchers” with John Wayne.
Photos can be seen here:
Found more information on this theater. The demolition occurred on June 10, 2009. A portion of a Wallis News-Review article read, “A piece of Wallis history literally bit the dust last week. The building that housed the Cole Theater, Uncle Ed’s Place and Marvin’s was demolished Wednesday. Work is progressing by Hein Contracting towards a complete cleanup of the lots located on State Highway 36 between Highway 60 and FM 1093.
A spokesman for the building owners stated that the buildings had fallen into such a state of disrepair that demolition was the only option. It is hoped that a cleanup of the property will offer opportunities for new business in the center of town.”
It appears that this must be updated to “demolished.” According to the September 2013 Google Street View, the building is no longer standing.
In this link, photos 16 and 17 show the interior work being done on the Rialto.
I saw “for sale” signs on this theater. Did the revival effort fall through?
The Rialto is being saved, but not as a theater. According to a San Antonio Express News article, the building is being remodeled into offices and living areas. Houston developer Walter Chance purchased the building.
From the Victoria Advocate, February 16, 1972 – Several changes in management were announced Tuesday by Rubin S. Frels, president and general manager of Frels Theatres, Inc. Irving Cohn, who has been manager of the Playhouse since it opened in 1966, was named circuit supervisor of concessions for the 12 South Texas theaters in the Frels group. Cohn will work out of the general offices at 210 E. Constitution. He has 20 years experience in theater work. Mac Range, assistant manager at the Playhouse the past year, has been promoted to manager. He joined Frels three years ago, coming to Victoria from Gloucester, Mass., where he was employed by the C.B. Fisk Co. He is a native of Dallas.
From the Victoria Advocate, February 16, 1972 – Several changes in management were announced Tuesday by Rubin S. Frels, president and general manager of Frels Theatres, Inc.
Frels…announced that Gary Dunnam has been named manager of the Lone Tree Theatre. Dunnam joined Frels in May of 1971. A native of West, Texas, he is a former school teacher in Dallas and served four years in military intelligence.
On September 17, 1971, a fire damaged the Gemini’s concession stand and office.
Ritchie_T’s post is right. Yes, this situation has been scary, but if you are hesitant or not sure what to do next, please go back to the movies. Don’t let the Century Aurora 16 shootings get you down.
For you who have gone back, keep the faith and keep watching!
This ad is from September 1965. “The Girls on the Beach”, “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors”, and “The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders” were all released that year. Calendar dates match, too.
A link on the Ganado Cinema page shows a photo of an old flyer advertising a “Boon Theatre” in Edna. Would that have been the one that burned down during World War II?
The last movie to play at the Floyd was “How to Murder Your Wife” with Jack Lemmon and Virna Lisi. That was on August 17, 1965.
@ Mike – you’re welcome.
The last Queen ad I could find in the Wharton Spectator was dated January 13, 1955. That Friday and Saturday, “Jack Slade” and “Private Eye” were scheduled, with “Poker de Ases” showing on Sunday.
The Queen opened on August 5, 1925. According to opening day ads, the doors would open at 7:15 p.m., and the picture would start half an hour later. The premier feature was “Classmates” with Richard Barthelmess and Madge Evans. An architect from Houston named Green designed the Queen. Among the songs played on the organ before the show were “You Are Just a Flower from an Old Bouquet” and “For You Alone”.
Drove past it again in early April. This time, I got a better look at the “for sale” signs. The outfit selling it is The Nelson Company LLC. The number shown was (713)907-3482.
The last movie to show at the Rio before it closed was “Los Hombres No Lloran” with Jorge Rivero and Lorena Velazquez. That was on June 15, 1975.
According to an ad in the opening day’s Houston Post-Dispatch from the Baldwin Music Shop, the Texan was equipped with a Baldwin piano “which will be used exclusively in broadcasting.”
Cinema Tour lists an Avalon Theatre in Eagle Lake. Is that an a.k.a. for the Rice, or is it something else? Can anyone confirm?
The Twin Dolphins doesn’t have its own web site, but it is open. Their phone number is (361) 552-6764.
I drove past the Starlite this past Saturday morning. Both the drive-in and the house next to it had “for sale” signs posted. Can’t find anything online about it, though.
The correct zip for this address is 77035.