310 First Avenue,
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The Town Theatre was a one level movies-only theatre opened in 1907 as the Delphi Theatre. It’s stated purpose was to show “educational photoplays”. In the 1910s, the theatre was renamed the Crystal Theatre. By the early 1920s it was known as the Rialto.
While the theatre was known as the Rialto it gained a not-so-flattering nickname, “the Rat-Hole”. The hotels that surrounded the theatre used to empty their trash in the alley, the rats would run through the theatre as they moved between the hotels!
In 1948, the theatre changed hands and became the Town Theatre. While it operated as the Town, it showed primarily adult films (grade Z exploitation films of the 1950s) during the week and kiddy matinees on the weekends.
Nobody mourned the theatre when it was torn down in the late 1950s as part of urban renewal.
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