Rialto Theatre

112 S. Walnut Street,
Arnold, NE 69120

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Rialto Theatre

The Wherley Theatre was opened on July 30, 1926. By 1934 it had been renamed the Rialto Theatre. It received its final name, the Arnold Theatre in 1955 and closed in 1979.

In 1997, Sue Beshaler organized a group of community volunteers who started the current restoration project that is still actively going on today with the theatre back to the Rialto Theatre name. The Rialto Theatre is a living testament to what a lot of love and hard work can do to a place.

Today they have seats for 80 people, reduced from the original 400, lighting, a new bathroom and an active board of volunteers who continue work on the building while developing plans and support for the theatre. A recent anonymous donor has purchased an HD projector, a top-of-the-line retractable screen, and a Dolby Surround Sound system. The purchase of the new projector will allow the theatre to show the latest movies.

The Rialto Theatre is a 501©3 non-profit organization. Movies are shown every weekend at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Contributed by Chris1982

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dallasmovietheaters on August 1, 2020 at 6:13 am

The local paper says the new-build Wherley Theatre opened on July 30, 1926 to a capacity crowd. Mr. Wherley had run the Isis Theatre elsewhere in town earlier. Mr. and Mrs. Amos Ervin then relaunched Wherley’s former Isis Theatre on August 20, 1926. So this should be two different entries and this location was never the Wesley Theatre that I can find.

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