Rialto Theatre

983 Jackson Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38107

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Drawing of Theatre Addition

The Rialto Theatre was opened in 1926 by the Maceri-Zerilla partnership. It was a neighbourhood theatre located on Jackson Avenue at Decatur Street. A blueprint in the public library collection shows a rendering from 1934 which is labelled Lamar Theatre, but matches film footage of the Rialto Theatre. From what I found it closed around 1958 and the building is now an auto repair shop.

Contributed by Chuck, Vincent Astor

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gspragin on July 5, 2007 at 1:38 am

I took this photo on 7/4/07: View link

gspragin on February 10, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Here’s a better link to the photo I took of the old Rialto: View link

vastor on June 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I just posted a new photo. This is a drawing of a theatre addition from the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment now in the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center. Used with permission.

It is titled as a prospective addition to the Lamar Theatre but it is not the addition that was actually built. It is dated 1934 and greatly resembles the only image I have ever seen of the Rialto Theatre on Jackson in newsreel footage.

Iceberg on October 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

I think the Rialto closed as a theater in 1958. It it wasn’t then, it was soon thereafter.

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