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The Rialto Theatre was located a stone’s throw between the Imperial Theatre and Modjeska Theatre in Augusta. It was opened September 18, 1918.
Was it ever known for Grade A product like the Imperial Theatre and Miller Theatre? Sadly, very few Academy Award movies played on that screen in a theatre much smaller than the Imperial Theatre or Modjeska Theatre.
On March 7, 1953 the Rialto Theatre was playing its usual fare, "My Pal Trigger" with Roy Rogers and Trigger, the smartest horse in the movies. Of course Gabby Hayes co-starred. The Rialto Theatre almost always had a second feature. That day it also played "The Toughest Man in Arizona".
Most often the drive-in ads in the paper were larger and better than the ads for the Rialto Theatre. So even in those days advertising was not the main source. From what I was told since I was way too young to remember, many kids would spend Saturdays watching double bills, and then hop the city bus back home.
The inside of the theatre from pictures I’ve seen was very plain. It closed in the late-1950’s.
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