Rialto Theatre

17 Warren Street,
Glens Falls, NY 12801

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The Rialto Theatre was opened prior to 1921. In 1931 it became part of the Schine Circuit, and they operated the theatre until 1966.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

According to a list in Our Movie Houses: A History of Film & Cinematic Innovation in Central New York, by Norman O. Keim, the Schine circuit operated the Rialto Theatre in Glens Falls from 1931 to 1966. The Rialto was mentioned in Variety on February 18, 1921, which said that the house was playing Keith vaudeville while the rival Empire Theatre was playing Shubert vaudeville.

The Empire appears to have won this particular battle of the vaudeville war, as by July 2 the Empire was still offering five acts of Shubert vaudeville along with a feature film, while the Rialto was showing only movies, according to their ads in that day’s edition of the Glens Falls Post-Star.

The Rialto was reseated in 1938. The middle photo on this page of the January 7, 1939, issue of Boxoffice shows a section of the new Heywood-Wakefield chairs on the orchestra floor.

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