Rialto Theatre

767 Broad Street,
Augusta, GA 30901

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Rialto Theatre

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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.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I got your EMAIL.TLSloews.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Hot August day in 1947 and the RIALTO is playing “SIX GUN SERENADE”

Cajun on September 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

The Rialto was the bottom end of downtown theater venues…a long shooting gallery style of house with no balcony. It showed third run films and re-issues witha b-western and serial format on weekends. It was located between the Modjeska which played a similar format and the Imperial, a first run house. Admission was nine cents for kids in the late forties and I saw lots of films there. I believe it closed in the late fifties.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks for adding to our theatres,hope you have many stories.

rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

September 15th, 1918 grand opening ad has been posted here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 25, 2012 at 6:08 am

thanks so much,rivest266.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Ron P the only first run theatres play A pictures Downtown were the IMPERIAL and The Miller.The Rialto was closed in the 50’s,The Modjeska would sometimes run a A picture ,but most of the time they played B pictures.I wanna say it played at the IMPERIAL because they got alot of MGM product.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Miller sat close to 1500, while the IMPERIAL sat 881 in my days there.

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