Rialto Theatre

958 Baker Street,
Bakersfield, CA 93305

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Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre opened on December 11, 1917. In 1945 it went over to screening Spanish language films. A fire in the projection booth closed the theatre on September 4, 1950. The former Rialto Theatre is now used for retail.

Contributed by William Gabel

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JimSpohn on February 2, 2005 at 7:43 pm

The Rialto Theatre building is still standing and is now a 99cent store. The Rialto was owned by the Lemmucchi family who also owned the Granada Theatre across the street. The theatre used Powers model B Projectors.

johnnyicons on May 13, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Hello, any photos, old or recent, of the building?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 14, 2008 at 6:45 am

The only photo I’ve found showing the Rialto is this ca.1940s shot of Baker Street, with the theatre at some distance in the center. A vertical sign for the Granada Theatre (presumably around the corner) can be seen at right.

MagicLantern on June 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

Now operating as the Eden Flooring Company.

SteveMcqueen on April 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

The correct address for the old Rialto Theater is 958 Baker Street. I updated the photo to the correct building. After the theater closed it was the home of Pete Jones Music for decades.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 31, 2013 at 12:23 am

This photo of Baker Street circa 1930 includes the Rialto Theatre. Click on the image to enlarge, then follow instructions to zoom in. The Rialto is on the far corner of the intersection on the right.

dallasmovietheaters on November 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm

The Rialto launched December 11, 1917. In 1945, under A. Blanco, the Rialto converted to Spanish language film. A projection booth fire during shows on September 4, 1950 may have been the final night of operation. The theater was offered for sale including 410 seats and the concession stand in 1951.

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