Rialto Theatre

217 N. 4th Street,
Bismarck, ND 58501

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Rialto Theatre

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The Grand Theatre was opened September 1, 1914. On January 12, 1920 it was renamed Rex Theatre. On December 16, 1921 it was renamed Rialto Theatre. It was closed in 1931. Strangely, it does not get a mention in editions of Film Daily Yearbook.

The building was destroyed by fire on December 25, 1948.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 15, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Did you see the “Hinckley” plate at the top of the building? I would imagine that this building pre-existed the theater. That early they were probably weren’t building too many houses just for film exhibition. Weren’t they mostly storefronts around then?

ColinH
ColinH on January 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

it was originally located on the east side of fourth between Broadway & Thayer. The building was built in 1915 including the theater which shared the building with a photo studio next door and the Elks Lodge upstairs. The theater was closed sometime before 1927 aand was later taken over by a furniture store. That whole side of the block was leveled for a federal complex in the 1970’s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 12:01 am

Status should be closed/demolished.

OCRon
OCRon on January 16, 2017 at 1:47 am

Here is a timeline for the Grand Theatre from the back issues of the Bismarck Tribune.
September 1, 1914: Opens as Grand Theatre.
January 12, 1920: Name change to Rex Theatre.
December 16, 1921: Name change to Rialto Theatre.
1931: Closes as a movie theater.

According to the news clip, the Hinckley Building was gutted by fire December 25, 1948.

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