Rialto Theatre

319 E. Main Street,
Alice, TX 78323

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Rialto Theatre

Opened as the Alice Theatre in 1948 seating 712. It got the Rialto name during a later remodel. A beat up fairly large triangle shaped marquee adorns the front of the two story building. “Rialto” was spelled out in Art Deco fashion lighted with neon. On the front of the marquee there is still a big “A”.

The two sets of entrance doors are undoubtably the original doors. They are solid wood and no windows in them. The box office is to the right of the entrance doors.

The Rialto Theatre has been totally neglected since its closing. The entire underside of the marquee is falling off in pieces. The entire front of the building was done in a mixture of colors, from white to yellow to green to multi color bricks on the street level. I am sure in its days though that it did a great job of serving the almost 20,000 people of Alice with the best in motion pictures.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

cwfrick on March 21, 2005 at 5:42 pm

was this theater owned by rio entertainment, inc.?

ptactor on June 19, 2005 at 9:26 pm

The theatre I believe was owned by Hall Industries, which owned other movie theatres in the area like Kingsville, Beeville and some others. It went through a nice remodeling job in 1968 or 1969 and looked fairly decent. Before then, it was a different story. At one time it had doors with windows, but you could only see by looking out.

James Colburn
James Colburn on June 30, 2005 at 5:17 pm

Open those doors and the entire place is caved in.
They still have a good front to it but thats all. What a shame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Glad to see they had enough marquee letters.

TLSLOEWS on July 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

And they are showing the same movie all the time.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I just added a 1948 photo of the Rialto, courtesy of the Lincoln Land Facebook page.

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