Rialto Theatre

131 Shoshone Street East,
Twin Falls, ID 83301

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The old Orpheum Theatre made the Twin Falls News when it opened on June 5, 1908. It was described as being under the management of Prof. Bunn and opening in the old rink. On June 16, 1908 the News made a comment that it was still drawing large houses and that the pictures were very clear and distinct. This first Orpheum Theatre, was located next to the Gem Theatre whose equipment was used in the new Orpheum Theatre on Main street, which opened on October 31, 1921.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

The first Orpheum Theatre in Twin Falls was operating by 1906 in a small, wood framed building on Main Street. This photo depicts the second Orpheum at 131 Shoshone Street. It also gives a glimpse of the Gem Theatre next door, advertising a Clara Kimball Young movie.

In this photo the second Orpheum has become the Rialto. A sliver of the Gem’s building, no longer a theater by this time, appears here as well.

OCRon on March 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Here are the theaters mentioned in Chris Bolton’s self-published manuscript, “Twin Falls and the Silver Screen,” available at the Twin Falls Public library.

1906: Orpheum— 300 block of Main Ave. South (312 S. Main on 1911 Sanborn Maps as Airdome Dance Hall and Theatre)

1908: Iris— 325 Shoshone St. South

1908: Majestic; Dime— 130 Main Ave. South

1909: Orsis— 141 Shoshone St. North

1910: Luna—141 Shoshone St. North

1910: Revier—139 Shoshone St. North

1910: Grand— 129-131 Shoshone St. North

1912: Isis— 133 Shoshone St. North

1914: Lyric— 141 Shoshone St. North

1918: America—133 Shoshone St. North

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Did he conflate the Grand with the second Orpheum in 1910, or was this house actually called the Grand for a while? If it was, it had to have gone back to Orpheum by 1918 as I’ve found references to the Orpheum dating from that year.

OCRon on March 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

From 1912 to 1921 Mr. Bolton’s listing show the Orpheum at 131 Shoshone St. North.

My description naming the Rialto the first Orpheum probably should be updated to name it the second Orpheum. I will do research to find an opening date.

The early Sanborn Insurance maps show the North addresses (really NW by the compass) on one side of Shoshone St. and the East addresses (really SE by the compass) on the other side of Shoshone St. Twin Falls is a confusing town to drive around in if you are not familiar with it.

Mr. Bolton also mentions the Little Gem Theatre, no address, which was mentioned in the news in July of 1909.

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