7505 NE 2nd Avenue,
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The Rialto Theatre opened on June 12, 1926 with Ralph Lewis in “The Overland Limited”. It was an open-air theatre, consisting of four walls decorating in a Spanish style and no roof (a true Atmospheric style theatre). The only enclosed spaces were the ticket and projection booths, and a small back-stage area behind the screen. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ which was played at the opening by organist William B. Millette. It was closed in the early-1930’s.
It was reopened as the Edison Theatre on May 30, 1936 with Edward G. Robinson in “Barbary Coast”. It was now a semi-Atmospheric style theatre with 400 seats now under a roof and 100 seats in the open air.
It was a functioning neighborhood theatre showing double feature re-runs until closing in the late-1950’s or early-1960’s. The last time I passed by the site in January of 2002 the building had been converted into a sheet metal shop. it was demolished in the early-2000’s
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