Rialto Theatre

217 N. 4th Street,
Bismarck, ND 58501

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OCRon on January 16, 2017 at 9:47 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.

kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

Status should be closed/demolished.

ColinH on January 26, 2009 at 3:37 am

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 on August 16, 2008 at 2:41 am

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?