Rialto Theatre

209 W. Main Street,
Florence, CO 81226

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The Rialto Theatre opened in 1923 as an opera house with almost 900 seats. By 1927 it was screening movies. It closed in 1969 and is currently being restored.

Contributed by Richard Doner, David Gloss

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 1, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Are there two Rialto theaters in Florence, CO? This photo shows a Rialto Theater on West Main Street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 1, 2007 at 7:29 pm

This article concerns a Rialto Theater located at 209 West Main St. The history in the article doesn’t match the description above, The Rialto in the article was built in 1923 and started showing movies in 1927. Its probably the same theater and the address above is incorrect.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I think it’s time to update the address Chuck. The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation gives the Rialto address as 207-209 West Main St.

“Constructed in 1923 of locally made yellow bricks, this two-story building features unusual multi-colored brickwork patterns enhanced by designs in natural colored slate. Between 1923 and 1975, the Rialto was host to numerous cultural events, plays, shows, and melodramas. It was the only movie house to serve the town and the surrounding communities.”

sxellis on December 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I grew up in Florence and it is defiantly West main.

correctiononpage on March 14, 2013 at 4:22 am

This is NOT the OFFICAL website for the Rialto Theater. Go to http://therialtotheater.org for the offical site. Lots of excellent information there and will soon be brought up to date as to their progress. The address on the site IS CORRECT and the Google map of this site is a joke. I’ve found most Google maps to be a joke.

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