Rialto Picture House

2 Hallcraig Street,
Airdrie, ML6

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Rialto Picture House

Located in the North Lanarkshire town of Airdrie. The Corn Exchange Hall was built in 1856 and was designed by architect James Thompson. It was used as a function hall and other entertainments as well as a market hall. Around 1908 it was re-named Hippodrome Theatre and ran as a variety theatre/music hall. Films were part of the programme from the early years of operation.

In 1928 it was re-named Rialto Picture Theatre. It was listed with 540 seats, a 26ft wide proscenium, a 10ft deep stage and five dressing rooms. It presented pictures and variety, and in 1929 was equipped with an Edibell sound system. Around 1936 this was replaced by a RCA sound system. By 1958 it was operated by the Loray Cinema Circuit Ltd. of Glasgow.

The Rialto Picture Theatre was closed in the mid-1960’s and was converted into a bingo club. This closed in 2007 and in 2015 the empty building was ‘For Sale’ as a development opportunity.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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