Rialto Theatre

Pekin, IL 61554

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in a Rialto Theater in Pekin, Illinois in 1927.

Paladin
Paladin on October 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

From what I’ve heard the rialto was the low budget theater In Pekin. My guess is they ran poverty row films from studios like Monogram and PRC (Producers Releasing Corporation).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm

According to a souvenir book published for Pekin’s centenary in 1949, the Rialto opened at 302 Court Street in 1906 as a nickelodeon called the Dreamland Theatre. The Rialto was still in operation in 1949, while two other movie houses that had opened the same year, the Vaudette at 24 S. Fourth Street and the Unique Theatre at 9 S. Capitol Street, were long gone. Two other vanished Pekin nickelodeons were the Court Theatre at 431 Court Street, and the Idlehour, no address given, but in 1949 its site was occupied by the telephone company’s building.

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