Rialto Theater

408 W. Main Street,
Brownfield, TX 79316

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Rialto© Brownfield Texas

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The Rialto Theater, old and dilapadated, is hanging on as small local concert venue. It was a neat theater that switched to Spanish language movies in the mid-1960s. It was owned and operated by the Jones family. It fits in on a deserted downtown street in Brownfield.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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DonLewis on January 18, 2007 at 6:32 am

The Rialto is very old and and has been in very poor condition for a long time. I am surprised that Brownfiled’s building occupancy codes, if any, even allow it to be used and that it has not been condemed.

If the Jones family still holds insurance on it, which is doubtful, the Rialto is surely worth more as a vacant lot.


Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2007 at 6:43 am

There was no fire? In the photo that you posted, it sure did look like the Rialto had burned. I guess it was the hot Texas sun that made it look that way. LOL

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 18, 2007 at 4:47 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Rialto Theater.

DonLewis on March 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

A 2001 photo of the Rialto Theater in Brownfield. In the mid 1960s the Rialto had wire mesh seat bottoms due to cloth seats having been cut and vandalized.

Theaterman1 on May 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Does anyone know if it is for sale? i had heard it was off and on and one guy owned it but had another and both were shot,, i blieve there is another theater just down the road that was bad owned by the same guy?

DonLewis on June 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I don’t know the current status of the Rialto, but as a kid I knew Sammy Jones who sold the Brownfield theater properties in 1993. He was not shot and now resides here in North Texas.

DonLewis on February 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Sad to say that Sammy Jones has passed away.

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