Rialto Theatre

N. Main Street,
Seminole, OK 74868

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Another fine example of a small town cinema, the Rialto Theatre fullfilled its purpose to exhibit motion pictures at a reasonable admission price. Located on the 300 block of N. Main Street. The Rialto Theatre was opened on October 15, 1927 with Johnny Hines in “Stepping Along” & Ken Maynard in “Senor Daredevil”. By 1941 it was operated by the Griffith Amusement Company. It was closed on June 25, 1949 with Jimmy Wakely in “Range Renegades”.

The vacant theatre was purchased by Video Independent Theatres, together with the other theatres in town, but they never reopened the Rialto Theatre and sold it to a telephone providor who converted it into their offices.

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Rodney
Rodney on August 27, 2007 at 2:50 pm

LOOK at 1940 pictures of this cute theatre by typing word “rialto” -
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raybradley
raybradley on March 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Located in the 300 block of N. Main, the decorative tile roof and marquee have been removed, but the white and powder blue structure (photo left) still looks a lot like it did in the 1940s.
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dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on September 6, 2019 at 12:11 pm

The Rialto Theatre opened at the height of the oil boom in Seminole on October 15, 1927 with the films, “Stepping Along” and “Senor Daredevil.” The Rialto closed on June 25, 1949 with “Range Renegades.” The dormant theater was sold to Video Independent Theaters on December 1, 1949 along with the town’s other theaters. VIT sold the Main Street building to the telephone provider who converted the building as their home office.

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