1501 Douglas Street,
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Previously operated by: Publix
Firms: John Latenser & Sons
Styles: Italian Renaissance
The Rialto Theatre opened May 29, 1918 with John Barrymore in “Raffles”. It originally featured a diagonal floor plan and seating arrangements with the interior designed by architect Frank Latenser, and a multi-colored, terra-cotta exterior designed by his son John Latenser Jr. It was operated by A.H. Blank and was equipped with a Hillgreen-Lane pipe organ.
For promotional use, the theatre has three large vertical billboard-type signs, one on the cut-off front corner of the building, and another on each side of the theatre’s center board. The Rialto Theatre was closed on August 2, 1929 with Corrine Griffith in “The Devine Lady”.
After the Rialto Theatre closed, the building was used for many different retail store purposes. It was later demolished.
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