UGC Rialto

4 Rue de Rivoli,
Nice 06000

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Rialto Cinema Nice, Cote d'Azur

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Originally opened in 1939, it was remodeled a few times. In 1959 after a major renovation, Todd A-O screen and equipment was installed but in 1962 the theatre was closed, gutted and a beautiful Cinerama theatre was built, most of the three strip Cinerama features were shown until 1964 when projection equipment was replaced and two Phillips DP 70 were installed. Single lens Cinerama and Super Panavision pictures were shown, the first one was “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World” on January 17 1964.

The theatre had a giant curved louvered screen of about 22 by 11 metres covered by a beautiful set of golden travellers. Unfortunatly in 1974 it succumbed to the mutiplex disease and was transformed into a five screen mutiplex. Although it still shows first run films as of today and it is impecably maintained, it lacks the great looks of its past.

Contributed by Christian Losito
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