Rialto Theater

151 Fifth Street,
Renovo, PA 17764

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The Rialto Theater was in operation since at least 1941.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Here is a 1983 photo of the Rialto:
http://tinyurl.com/cpskww

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Department Reports of Pennsylvania, covering the year 1919, lists an unnamed theater at Renovo, plans for which were approved in March. The 1983 American Classic Images photo of the Rialto to which kencmcintyre linked in the previous comment shows a building very typical of the late 1910s and early 1920s, so there’s a possibility the 1919 report referred to this house.

The Rialto is listed in the 1931 FDY, along with a 400-seat house called the Strand (both houses are also listed, without seating capacities, in the 1926 Yearbook.) Renovo is quite small (population 3,906 in 1931) and is unlikely to have ever had more than two theaters of this size at once, so the 1919 project was probably one or the other. Whichever it was, it was designed by architect Guy H. Colony for owner Omar Fisher.

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