Rialto Theatre

5723 Avenue du Parc,
Montreal, QC H2V 4H2

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Architects: Emmanuel Biffra, Joseph Raoul Gariepy

Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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Rialto Theatre

This beautiful movie theatre was opened on December 27, 1924 with Virginia Valli in “In Every Woman’s Life” & Charley Chase in “The Royal Razz”. The fa├žade is said to be inspired by the Paris Opera House and the interior was decorated by interior designer Emmanuel Biffra.

In 2005 it underwent an expensive major overhaul and was used as a concert venue. In 2006, it was in use as a restaurant.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 3, 2005 at 2:24 pm

Here are some photos of the theatre I took in 1989 when it was doing repertory programming.
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DavidZornig on November 22, 2008 at 7:36 pm

I’m amazed that only 15 of the 58 theatres listed under Montreal, are still open.

I wonder if anyone from Canada can confirm, if there was a Canada wide ban on children from movie theatres back in the 1960’s.
While we visited Expo`67, my family & I tried to go out to the movies.
We were told at several theatres, that children were not allowed in any theatres no matter what film was playing.
Due to a terrible theatre fire not too long before that. One where the children had to be identified by their families after being layed out in the street.

Patsy on October 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Is this the same Rialto Theatre that The Hit Men will be performing on October 27, 2012? They are original members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

rivest266 on March 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

December 27th, 1924 grand opening ad in photo section.

menright on November 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

Yes Davidzornig, there was such a ruling due to a fire. Here’s a link in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurier_Palace_Theatre_fire

ScreenClassic on December 18, 2018 at 7:35 am

There was, except that ruling only applied to Quebec.

DavidZornig on July 9, 2019 at 3:47 pm

4/1/36 photo added courtesy Steve Redmond.

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