Rialto Theatre

10134 101 Street NW,
Edmonton, AB T5J

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Rialto Theatre

Opened as the New Bijou Theatre on October 22, 1910. On October 1, 1917 it was renamed Hippodrome Theatre, which closed in 1918. On April 30, 1921 it reopened as the Rialto Theatre. In 1938 it was remodeled to the plans of architectural firm Rule, Wynn, Rule with a seating capacity for 1,200. By 1952 it was operated by Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd. It closed around 1987. As a twin, the seating given in 1980 was 560 and 390.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Edmonton writer Lawrence Herzog says in the final paragraph of this post that the Rialto Theatre was demolished in 1987. I’ve been unable to find the opening year for the house, but a capsule review of a book titled “The Rule, Wynn and Rule Architectural Drawings” says that the firm designed the Rialto. Rule, Wynn, Rule also did a remodeling of the Roxy Theatre in Edmonton in 1955, and were the original architects of the Varscona Theatre (not yet listed) in the Old Strathcona district of the city.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Three articles by Lawrence Herzog mention the Rialto Theatre. The links to them on this web page are headed “Rialto Theatre – 10134 101 Street (opened as the New Bijou)” That’s the only mention of the New Bijou I can find, though Herzog mentions a house called the Bijou Theatre, in operation by 1910 at 10166 100 Street. Presumably the New Bijou at 10134 101 Street was its replacement, but Herzog doesn’t give the opening year for it.

rivest266 on September 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

This opened as the New Bijou on October 22nd, 1910 and renamed Hippodrome on October 1st, 1917 and closed in 1918. Reopened on April 30th, 1921 as Rialto. more to come.

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