Rialto Theater

2418 Santa Clara Avenue,
Alameda, CA 94501

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This theater, known for its front arched window, opened as the Alameda (not to be confused with the current Alameda on Central Avenue, which was built nearly two decades later) in 1913, became the Rialto in 1921, then closed in 1923. But the story does not quite end there…

Heavily renovated and converted into a bowling alley, it operated in that capacity until the mid-1970’s, when Alameda Federal Bank transformed the building yet again, reopening the front arch (which had been covered over for years) and restoring it. The Rialto continues on as a bank today.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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gsmurph
gsmurph on September 22, 2004 at 5:12 am

Albert W. Cornelius designed the Rialto (originally the [original] Alameda).

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 25, 2005 at 6:30 am

Correction—-this was actually the “second” Alameda.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

Here is a small photo of the Alameda Theatre from the July 12, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture world. The caption says that the Alameda was a Turner & Dahnken house.

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