Rialto Theatre

2723 San Pablo Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94607

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gsmurph
gsmurph on October 28, 2003 at 9:11 pm

After a period of abandonment, the Rialto was converted in the late 1970’s into a neighborhood church. Not sure if that church is still in operation (at least at that location); but the building still stands.

gsmurph
gsmurph on November 11, 2003 at 7:53 pm

The Rialto opened in 1915 as the Avenue (presumably after San Pablo Avenue), named Rialto in 1922, renamed New Rialto in 1935, but apparently reverted to Rialto before closing in 1956.

mpartour
mpartour on November 13, 2004 at 4:32 am

My father, J.W. Jespersen, and A.C. Dippo, my uncle were co-owners of the Rialto for a number of years. I knew the “show” from my earliest days until it was sold to Helene Madsen. I am not sure of the year, but intend to research more information and post it in the future.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 6, 2012 at 1:59 am

The July 4, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World said that J. W. Jespersen and A. C. Dippo’s new, 400-seat theater on San Pablo Avenue at 27th Street was to be opened on July 27. As it is listed with 740 seats it was obviously expanded at some point. Possibly the 1915 opening gsmurph cites was a reopening after an expansion. It was not unknown for theaters to be expanded within a year or two of opening in those days.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Street View needs to shift just a bit right to get a full frontal view of the Rialto’s building, now the Miraculous Word Christian Center.

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