Rialto Theatre

Claremore, OK 74017

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It is obvious that before the Rialto Theatre became a cinema it had formerly been an opera house. Colonial Revival styling complimented a lovely facade.
Cast plasterwork and fringed drapery dressed the graceful arched proscenium span, but the remainder of the auditorium contained sparse decoration.

Around 1941 the Rialto was updated with an uninspired facelift and a new marquee that actually tarnished the original classic design.

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seymourcox
seymourcox on August 30, 2007 at 1:17 am

View 1930s interior/exterior photos by typing in word “rialto”,
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raybradley
raybradley on September 2, 2007 at 10:46 am

Claremore, Oklahoma, is an interesting and picturesque place.
This is Will Rogers birth place, hometown, and where he is entombed.
Claremore is the setting for two Broadway plays that were also made into Hollywood films; “OKLAHOMA!”, and “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”.
Oklahoma Military Academy is located here.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on September 3, 2007 at 3:34 am

Was this theatre later renamed Cadet?

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Fine vintage images of the former Rialto Theatre can be seen below;
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/285

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