Rialto Theater

106 W. Thornton Street,
Three Rivers, TX 78071

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trailerjoh on February 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

Here’s a newspaper article about the Three Rivers Rialto.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

June 1 2009 Pic…. Still looking good….

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm

According to the May 8, 1948, issue of Boxoffice magazine, the Rialto at Three Rivers was expected to open within 30 days. The house had been designed for the Hall circuit by architect Jack Corgan.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

My November 2005 picture HERE.

Looks in good shape here, and 2 screens too. Will get some updated photos next time I pass through. Was open a couple of weeks ago.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2007 at 3:56 pm

The page needs updating. The Rialto has two screens.

kencmcintyre on March 24, 2007 at 12:10 pm

There is some information about renovation on this page:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 14, 2006 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for noticing the pix on flickr longisland. I will go to work on the theater locations.


longislandmovies on November 14, 2006 at 5:24 am

DON i love your pics on flicker can you put were these theaters are next to the name ?

Seth on May 26, 2004 at 5:52 pm

Their address was just a P.O. box. Theater is on the first block West of US 281, and faces the city hall and park from the South. I don’t think Three Rivers has gotten any bigger.

JimRankin on May 26, 2004 at 8:37 am

I became interested in the name TIVOLI when I worked at a Milwaukee area hotel which had a restaurant with this name; they had no idea where the name came from, so I did some research, especially since it had also become the name of a number of theatres. It was popularized in the 19th century by the famous Tivoli amusement park and gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark founded in 1843 in imitation of the famous gardens and palaces of the Italian ruling princes of the 16th century, the Estes, who built the famed Villa d’Este palace in the region of Tivoli, a popular tourist attraction to this day. Thus, the pleasure-assuring name was thought auspicious by the developers of theatres, theatres being the pleasure palaces of the masses of their day.

This is akin to the common theatre name: RIALTO, for the famous enclosed Rialto bridge of 1591 in Venice, Italy over the Grand Canal, which to this day contains many amusing boutiques and is at the heart of an entertainment district. The distinctive architecture of the Rialto bridge also inspired many latter day architects, and perhaps found its forms reproduced in some movie palaces (as in the STANLEY in Jersey City, NJ). A monograph on the origin of theatre names was presented at the 1981 Conclave of the Theatre Historical Society of America then meeting at the PABST theater in Milwaukee, but the origins of the above names and others were not known by the author of that paper. Perhaps this will add a little bit to that quest.