400 Cherokee Street,
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Originally opened on May 26, 1921 with Priscilla Dean in “Outside the Law”. The Rialto Theatre became the second and third run science fiction movies theatre in the late-1950’s. By then it was showing its age and getting tattered. Because it was near the somewhat skid row ‘five points’ intersection and neighborhood, it had a seedy reputation.
It closed as a movie theatre in 1961 or 1962. The auditorium was gutted and converted into a billiard parlour. Apartments were built over the parlour, and a restaurant operated out of the lobby. The marquee was still used to advertise the restaurant.
In the 1960’s, a gas explosion in the basement damaged the structure and it was closed. It was demolished around 1968.
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