Rialto Theatre

1104 S. Main Street,
Rockford, IL

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The Rialto opened on Main Street in Rockford in the first years of the 20th century. It sat about 1000. The theater, later known as the Capri, lasted into the 1970s before closing and has since been torn down.

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JimG
JimG on October 31, 2005 at 8:31 pm

The Rialto theatre was designed by Fred Klein the same person that did the Coronado . It oppened in February of 1928 and had a 3 manual 10 rank Barton pipe organ. In its later years it was operated as the Capri . Water damage took its toll . When the roof first started leaking if they had applied a $10.00 roof patch it would still be here today

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 14, 2007 at 7:57 pm

If this is the theater I am thinking of, it was in the “red light” district and it was torn down brick by brick. It was on a corner and the theater was dismantled from the front to the back. It was interesting to see the cross-section of how a theater was constructed as it was slowly taken down.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

This opened on October 6th, 1928. I posted its grand opening ad here.

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