Rialto Theatre

23 E. Galena Boulevard,
Aurora, IL

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Rialto Theatre, Aurora IL in 1920 - Public Room

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The Rialto Theatre was built in 1919, in what was formerly the Sylvandale Dance Hall, built only a few years earlier. This ornate and luxurious theater could seat about 2250, had a pipe organ, and a bowling alley in the basement.

In 1928, the Rialto was destroyed in a blaze (the same fate which would befall Aurora’s Strand Theatre the next year). The Paramount Theatre was constructed on the Rialto’s site a couple years later, an Art Deco masterpiece by the Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp, which still is open today, as a venue for live entertainment.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 7, 2007 at 5:40 pm

From the LA Times, dated 10/21/28:

FLAMES DESTROY ILLINOIS THEATER

The Rialto Theater building was destroyed by fire today with a loss estimated at $1,000,000. The three-story building, located in the center of the business district, housed six stores and numerous offices, in addition to the theater. The adjoining Fox Theater was damaged to the extent of about $10,000. The origin of the blaze has not been determined.

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