Winslow Theatre

115 N. Kinsley Avenue,
Winslow, AZ 86047

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Winslow Theatre

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The Rialto Theatre opened July 12, 1927 with 626 seats. It presented movies along with live stage acts. It was owned by the Nace/Rickards chain. It had a Meisel & Sullivan pipe organ which was still occasionally used until 1950’s.

There was a major fire in the theatre about 1955 and theatre underwent major remodelling and operated sporadically until about the mid-1980s. It sat boarded up with its marquee removed until about two years ago when Allen Afeldt who owns the La Posada historic hotel in Winslow bought it and reopened it.

Presently showing films and plans to eventually add live music performances and community activities.

Contributed by Don Story

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 3, 2007 at 12:28 am

lost did you go to winslow recently……….

theaterworker
theaterworker on December 6, 2007 at 7:51 pm

I am currently working at this theater and sadly the news is we are closing this January. We have people who love to come, who come weekly actually, but Mr. Afeldt says we are not making enough. It makes me happy to know that people are still intrested in this old theater and im glad to know im not working day after day in vain. Thank You!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 6, 2007 at 8:19 pm

That’s too bad. It looked like a nice location when I was there last year.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 6, 2007 at 9:48 pm

that is to bad!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE BUY HIS PLACE!!11

ChrisWillman
ChrisWillman on February 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

Did the theater close? The employee wrote here that it would be closing in January 2008. It’s still listed as open on this page, though, so wondering if there’s an update.

zanewatts
zanewatts on March 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I plan on doing a special on Winslow and the “Winslow Theatre” is part of that. I know a former worker that was there for a few years back in the 70s. He would have good insight on it I think. I remember him telling me of the history of that place. Right now I am looking for an old picture of the old “Rialto” marquis. I want it to re-create what was there accurately to be used on film.

It really is truly a fascinating building. There are dressing rooms below the sitting area from what I was told. Im not sure how much was destroyed by the fire of the 50’s. I hope they have some character left from the early days.
Anyway, I will produce this and I hope to get this on a national syndicated network.

Zane Watts

zanewatts
zanewatts on July 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm

This is great! Thanks for links to these pictures! It helps me tremendously!

zanewatts
zanewatts on July 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

To see what I made from this, see:
http://thunder-mountain.net/rialto2.jpg

Thank you Lost Memory and Chuck1231

Zane

wehideandseek
wehideandseek on June 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

Phone number listed above is inactive and i found this real estate link (not sure if it’s still valid):

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“Historic Rialto Theater is now on the market. Once a 1927 Art Deco Vaulderville theater and now a modern first run movie theater that has been completely remodeled with the help of grant monies from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Rare opportunity to own a historic building in revitalized downtown Winslow and make a good profit, room for additional income streams with separate rentable/useable space for ice cream shop, stage shows and club acts. Home of the Winslow Film Festival, held in October for four days. This property is priced to sell under current market conditions.

Take Route 66 going east to Kinsley and turn right"

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I guess no one at loopnet remembers vaudeville. They probably thought it was some kind of architectural style.

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