Rialto Theater

219 S. Jefferson Avenue,
Peoria, IL 61602

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

| Street View

The Hippodrome Theater opened on October 21, 1913 with a seating capacity of 1,674. The theater was originally a vaudeville house. In 1931, the theater was renamed the Rialto Theater and switched to a movies-only policy, operated as part of the Balaban & Katz chain of Chicago. By the early 1950’s, it was part of the Kerasotes Theatres chain of Springfield.

The Rialto Theater was razed in the late-1970’s, to make way for the Peoria Civic Center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

ABone
ABone on February 19, 2006 at 1:19 am

For some reason I liked the Rialto best of all 6 downtown Peoria theaters in my time. It was considered 3rd among the first-run houses (after the Madison & Palace) but it sometimes got the “big” pictures held over from the Madison, which never ran any movie more than a week in the ‘40’s & '50’s. It’s a real shame that they couldn’t incorporate it into the Peoria Civic Center as a performing arts center, as some preservationists implored them to do.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 23, 2008 at 5:40 am

On 8/27/51, the Dixon Evening Telegraph announced that the Rialto had been sold to Kerasotes Theaters by the Great States Theater Group. The transfer would be effective as of September 1, 1951.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 22, 2010 at 1:20 am

Here’s a link to a vintage shot of the Rialto:

View link

JudithK
JudithK on July 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm

My moviegoing years in Peoria, IL were from the early to mid-1960s. We either attended films at the Madison, Palace or Beverly – no idea why we never attended anything at the Rialto.

jackiskin
jackiskin on July 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

last film i saw there was star wars [8 times or so] last time was september of 77 i think. im here cause i wish i could go back.. if others are also we must realize its also and probably more the people who helped make those memories..perhaps if some of those people r still living and are kind souls we should seek them out and say ‘'hey’‘ etc.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater