Rialto Theatre

Poplar Street,
Massena, NY 13662

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SEPTEMBER 29, 1955

The Rialto Theatre was opened in October 1924.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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mikey7290 on July 15, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Wasn’t the Rialto on Market Street in Potsdam, NY?

Tinker3cat on April 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Yes there was a “RIALTO THEATER” in Potsdam . It closed around the late 1950’s. The Massena theater was more of a neighborhood location not too far from the ALCOA plant. I enjoyed many “Francis” the talking mule and “Ma and Pa Kettle” movies here. There was a certain joy to watching a film in one of these old theaters that just doesn’t come across in the new multi-plex theaters. That’s just my opinion. Ray. Charlotte, NC

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

The August 4, 1926, issue of Variety carried this brief item about the Rialto: “Rialto, seating 486, at Massena, N. Y., has been leased from Frank J. Kuras by Schine Enterprises.” That’s the earliest mention of the Rialto I’ve found so far.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm

The September 20, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Rialto:

“Thomas E. Shean, a well known lawyer in Massena, who is erecting a house to be known as the Rialto in the Pine Grove section of the village, expects to open within the next few weeks. The seats will be in place within two weeks.”

Tinker3cat on January 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

The Rialto theater building in Massena is gone now. For a time after the theater closed it was used by Fay Motors as a storage barn. Massena once had three indoor single screen theaters operating at the same time.

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