Rialto Theatre

80 Main Street,
Lancaster, NH 03584

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Rialto, it’s Card #493. Address is Main St. There is an external photo taken Feb. 1941. Condition is Good. It says the theater opened about 1930, shows MGM product, and has 524 seats. The 1940 population of Lancaster was 3,000.

flatlander on March 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hi Dave. We did see a couple of movies at the theater last September on Monday nights and enjoyed seeing you introduce the films. I presume you’ve seen that Boston Globe article quoting you on the problems of digital projection.

Dave Fuller, owner of the Rialto in Lancaster, N.H., said the VPF program “ is a huge Big Brother. It’s got a direct line to the projector so that it’s always seeing what the projector is doing. If you have an extra show or don’t have a show, they’re going to question why you’re doing that.”

rialtodave on January 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

also the new website is www.lancasterrialto.com

rialtodave on January 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

i recently purchased this theatre at auction in october and reopened it December 1st. Would love to have anyone stop by and say HI! The new company is called Rialto Theatre, LLP.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

TBA Theatres closed the Rialto in Lancaster for economic reasons in early-Sept 2011 according to an article in the Berlin Daily Sun as reported in the THSA Readerboard news line.

TPTaylor on April 18, 2007 at 2:09 pm

The Rialto Theatre changed hands on March 30, 2007. It is no longer owned by Spinelli but by TBA Theatres of Massachusetts.

The website is: http://tbatheatres.com

richardg on February 7, 2004 at 5:08 pm

The theatre changed hands twice since the owner’s death. It was originally bought by the person who owned the antique store next door. He, however, I was informed, lacked the cash needed to get the theatre up and running. It was sold again to the Spenelli (sorry I know this spelling is wrong} threatre chain out of Dover, N.H. They fully insulated the theatre, restored the marquee, and cleaned it up. They even bought the most expensive popcorn maker money can buy. One of the things I like to do when touring a theatre is watch a movie in the theatre. To give you an idea how dedicated I am, I sat through “Sweet Home Alabama” in this theatre.