Rialto Theatre

302 Court Street,
Pekin, IL 61554

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Paladin
Paladin on October 23, 2010 at 4:12 am

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 10:17 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

The Dreamland Theatre had been renamed the Rialto by 1928, when operator L.J. Bennett was mentioned in the April 7 issue of The Film Daily. A booklet published for Pekin’s sesquicentennial says that the Rialto Theatre was destroyed by a fire in the 1950s.

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