18 S. Grove Street,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Built on the site of the Grand Opera House/Grand Theatre which was destroyed a tornado on Palm Sunday in 1920 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Rialto Theatre was opened in April 1921 with Norma Talmadge in “The Passion Flower” & Orpheum vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped with a Smith organ which had 3 manuals and 12 ranks. It’s final films were Fess Parker in “Westward Ho, the Wagons!” and Walt Disney’s “People in Places-Disneyland USA” It was destroyed by fire in January 1957.
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