Rialto Theater

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Rialto Theater

Rialto Theater

Loveland, CO

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Rialto Theater

One of the two Simplex E-7 35mm Projectors. They are pictured here after their conversion from carbon arcs to Xenon lamps. This conversion occurred sometime between 2001-2003 (my memory isn’t quite what it used to be). They were originally installed and used in the Broadmoor Hotel’s (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in-house movie theatre (a historic venue which is also listed here on CT). I believe they were installed there brand-new and were removed sometime around 1997 during a modernization of the booth. They were going to be trashed but the Rialto’s head projectionist is the time, Don Marriage* brokered a deal for them to be donated to the newly-renovated Rialto which did not have any 35mm equipment of its own st the time. The Broadmoor’s electrician disconnect the machines from the building’s electric and Mr. Marriage dismantled, loaded on truck and hauled them up to Loveland. Also included were a Neumade Rewind Bench, Newmade Reel Cabinet (both pictured in a previous photo) Simplex tube amp & booth monitor, several Goldberg Bros. 2k foot House reels and many other odds and ends. They sat assembled but inoperable from that time (1997-ish) until The Rialto Theatre Guild was able to complete fundraising for the Xenon Conversion, restoration, red-reader conversion,etc. which (as mentioned above) occurred sometime between 2001-2003. Tankersley Enterprises of Denver supplied the lamphouses, sound readers, splicer, Goldberg Rewind and all other needed gear and longtime/legendary cinema tech Jimmy Seay and his son Phillip Seay of Denver performed the conversion and restoration.

Circa Spring 2007 Photo

  • Donald “Don” O. Marriage (03.22.1928-10.24.2015) was a longtime projectionist and equipment engineer (for Motiograph) who was an integral part of the effort to save and restore the Rialto (investing much time, money, influence and brain power) and was the first head projectionist after the theatre reopened; a volunteer position he retained until the early 2000s. In addition, he served on The Rialto Theatre Guild until his passing. He was a brilliant, hard/working individual with an unforgettable personality and a life story that is especially fascinating to anyone interested in cinema history. As I recal, his obituary was extremely well-written and filled with details about his life around cinemas and for that reason, I’ll attempt to locate it and paste it in the comments below for this photo.

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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 23, 2017 at 12:41 am

As promised above, here is the obituary for Mr. Marriage:

Donald O. Marriage, Sr., 87, of Loveland passed away on October 24, 2015. Don was born on March 22, 1928 in Whitetail, MT to Roland and Rose Marriage. He married Betty “B.J.” Williams on December 18, 1948 in Bozeman, MT. Work took Don all over the states including Southern California. He has been a resident in Colorado since 1970. Don worked at Hughes Aircraft Company for over 35 years where he served as an Aerospace Engineer, retiring in the late 90’s. He served on the Rialto Guild and Restoration Society. Don served proudly in the US Navy during World War II and Korea. He loved the theater and golfing. Don is survived by his wife of 67 years, B.J.; son Donald O. (Lynn) Marriage of Thornton, CO; daughter Susan (David) Hanken of Webster City, IA; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Graveside Service 2:00pm Monday, November 2, 2015 at Loveland Burial Park. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com.

MEMORIES FROM A FRIEND

Don Marriage’s love of theater began when he was young. His first job at age 15 was as an usher in a movie theater and he worked his way through college as a projectionist. He continued to work with theaters in various capacities during his career with the Navy. While serving at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Don managed a 1,500 seat theater and provided technical support to fifteen Navy theaters in his spare time.

Don is a two-time Navy veteran having served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. When his military service was completed, Don went back to graduate school and then worked for Hughes Aircraft “a great company” for 36 years. He brought an innovative defense program to Colorado in 1970. Don retired in 1989 and moved to Loveland in 1993.

One of the first things Don did upon arriving in Loveland was join the Friends of the Rialto and participate in their efforts to renovate and revitalize the historic downtown theater. That goal was accomplished in 1996. When the city agreed to take over the management of the theater in 1998, Don and some of his colleagues formed the Rialto Theater Guild, a group dedicated to the continued refurbishing and upgrading of the building, the fixtures, and equipment. Don served as the first president of the Guild and he has continued to serve on the board as either an active or ex-officio member ever since.

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