6345-6347 Gratiot Avenue,
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This C. Howard Crane-designed theatre opened in 1917, and featured an early form of stadium-style seating, with a steeply sloping auditorium floor. Therefore, there was no need for a balcony and it could seat around 1,350. The Rialto Theatre’s exterior was very similar to his Capitol Theatre (now the Detroit Opera House), which was built in 1922. A new marquee was installed in 1941.
The Rialto Theatre closed in 1968, and has since been demolished.
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