Rialto Theatre

172 Main Street,
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

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Rialto Theatre

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A surviving, single-screen, Main Street theatre, located in a town which also boasts a modern multiplex.

The theatre last featured art-house fare. Sadly, the Rialto Theatre was closed on Friday 13th June 2008.

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 23, 2007 at 8:54 am

I’m going to the Rialto tonight to see “Venus”. I checked back through my collection of old Bergen County movie ads to see what played at the Rialto over the years. They showed “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on the day I was born in 1954. Other great shows include “Lawrence of Arabia”, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “From Russia With Love”, “You Only Live Twice”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, many more. I’ll keep them in mind tonight when I visit the theater for the first time in more than 30 years (I saw Fellini’s “Amarcord” there in 1975).

rhett
rhett on February 24, 2007 at 2:04 am

A NICE thater that’s wasted…why don’t they have classic movie retrospectives…I bet they’d draw them in like flies…especially with that theater..

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 24, 2007 at 6:39 am

Rhett is right about it being a very nice theater. And when you realize it’s the last single-screen left in Bergen County … I don’t want to state the obvious, but that really makes it a cinema treasure.

JeffreyM
JeffreyM on May 30, 2008 at 11:39 am

Sad news. I heard tha the theatre was sold and wil close for good next week. I loved this place, and will miss it BIG time.

rhett
rhett on June 1, 2008 at 6:01 am

they could have done alot with this theater but it’s a neighborhood theater in the heart of town and it ran independents. Not enough to make money. Another one gone

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on June 9, 2008 at 9:37 am

This week, June 9 – 13, The Rialto will have it’s final program. They will be showing, rather appropiately, Cinema Paradiso. Bergen County will be losing it’s last single screen theatre. I don’t know if it will be sold to new owners and reopened, or gutted for retail space, or demolished. I hope it can be reopened at some point. Personally, I feel the current owners really dropped the ball by not considering a classic film program, like the Lafayette in Suffern offers. The Rialto clientele is mostly + 65 yrs old and would appreciate seeing the old classics they remember from their youth. Also, the parking situation in downtown Ridgefield Park is really tight. So, another one bites the dust. Too bad; I’ll miss it.

JeffS
JeffS on June 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I read it was being converted into office space.

Also, the final show was June 8. They are not open until the 13th. I just called their number and the recording verified this.

They will be open this Saturday and Sunday for visitors to “walk through and take their final looks and goodbyes”. They will also be selling memorabilia, like seats, for those interested. I’ve already seen the projection equipment and sound gear is for sale. I think the hours were until 5pm each day, but call 201-994-0618 for details.

I don’t think they could have done what the Lafayette is doing in Suffern. That’s the whole point. They were already showing non-mainstream films and could not cut it. Showing the “classics” wouldn’t have been any different – sad to say.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Here is a June 2 article regarding the closure:
http://tinyurl.com/6mbrzw

rialtoarts
rialtoarts on June 28, 2008 at 7:56 am

The Rialto Theatre in Ridgefield Park, NJ is now officially closed. As the owners of the property and the theatre we tried to keep the movies playing; but short of dividing it into little boxes we had to sell to stop the losses…and yes we tried almost every idea you can come up with.
The property was purchased by a developer who will re-purpose the interior into retail space. Fortunately, the exterior will remain the same as it is in a historic district of Main Street.
The official website will remain operational:
http://www.rialtoarts.com/

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