Rialto Theatre

334 East Main Street,
Bushnell, IL 61422

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Rialto Theatre

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The Rialto Theatre was opened July 15, 1925. It was closed in 1964.

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 2, 2007 at 1:05 am

I’m wondering if this theatre really has been demolished. I passed by a Rialto Theatre, while I was on Amtrak, somewhere close to Macomb, IL (I was on my way to Quincy, IL). I passed by a Rialto that looked closed and in very decrepit shape. It was clearly visible from the passing train. Or maybe I’m confusing this with another Rialto?

SethG
SethG on August 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Theater is not demolished. Looks much the same as the 1982 photo above, except all the glass block is gone.

robboehm
robboehm on August 3, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Seth, can you get us a full address to we can have a Google Street view.

SethG
SethG on August 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Google has no coverage of Bushnell, but the theater is on E Main, one building N/E of Barnes.

robboehm
robboehm on August 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

And the actual address is??????

SethG
SethG on August 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

No clue. Building next door to the east is 336. I assume the theater would then be a lower number.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on September 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

The papers say that Rialto Theatre in Bushnell was built in February into the early summer in 1925 and opened July 15, 1925. C.M. Albright of Bushnell’s Cozy Theatre helmed both for S.E. Pirtle’s Circuit with the Cozy bowing out first. In 1947, the Rialto is supposed to be replaced with a new-build theater which is never constructed. But in 1955, Bushnell’s Rialto goes widescreen to accommodate CinemaScope films.

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