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The original “Temple of the Motion Picture” and “The Shrine of Music and the Allied Arts”, the Rialto Theatre has been simply missing from Cinema Treasures long enough. Demolished and rebuilt in 1935 on a smaller scale, this theatre was on the same site of the now closed Cineplex Odeon Warner, also listed as Rialto here.
Under the personal direction of S. L. Rothapfel (Roxy), the Rialto show ran five times daily and included the Rialto Orchestra, vocal and instrumental solos, and “accompaniment contributed by the grand organ”.
A December 2, 1917 program announces:
“For the convenience of patrons
Ladies Retiring Rooms on the First and Second Mezzzanine Floors
Gentlemen’s smoking rooms, off the Main Floor and Second Mezzanine
Writing tables and Check Room on the First Mezzanine Floor
Drinking Water on the First and Second Mezzzanine Floors, filtered by the Puro process
Carriage Call on the South Side of the Main Lobby
This theatre, with every seat occupied, can be emptied in less than three minutes".
A Paramount-Artcraft Strauss house, the Rialto featured a weekly film with the bill changing every Sunday.
Next door to the Rialto and over Child’s Restaurant was the Republic Republic Restaurant.
“The most beautiful and cleanest Chop Suey and Tea Parlor in New York”.
“The Rialto Orchestra, maintained by the Rialto Theatre Corporation, and conceded to be the finest organization in existence devoted to motion pictures, enjoys through special arrangement with the Carl Fisher Company, access to and the use of the largest and most comprehensive musical library in America.”
I now leave it to other far more worthy contributors than myself to fill in the gaps for this historic site.
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