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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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 21, 2006 at 2:12 pm

It looks to me like it burned sometime after that 2004 photo was taken.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 16, 2007 at 1:34 pm

The RIALTO could have experienced a fire at some point, but I dont think it did. It did suffer many years of neglect and being empty.

If my picture is the one being refered to as the RIALTO looking as if it survived a fire, that is not the case, it shows neglect not fire damage.

I suspect if it ever catches on fire Brownfield will watch it burn to the ground.

DonLewis
DonLewis on January 18, 2007 at 4:32 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.

Don………

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 2, 2008 at 6:51 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
Theaterman1 on May 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

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
DonLewis on June 20, 2010 at 4:30 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
DonLewis on February 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Sad to say that Sammy Jones has passed away.

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