Rialto Theatre

713 Ninth Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001

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Previously operated by: Universal Chain Theatrical Enterprises Inc.

Architects: Ewald J. Blanke, John J. Zink

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Rialto Theatre, Washington DC in 1919 - Interior

The Rialto Theatre was opened December 9, 1918, but was located too far away from the downtown entertainment district. In 1925 it was taken over by the Universal Picture chain and they operated it until 1927. It was demolished in 1940 to construct a parking garage.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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kencmcintyre on April 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Here is a 1922 photo currently for sale on eBay:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

A brief notice acknowledging the recent death of Baltimore architect E. J. Blanke in the July 6, 1929, issue of Motion Picture News credited the design of the Rialto Theatre in Washington to him.

A 1906 publication of the Maryland Institute of Mechanic Arts also spells the architect’s surname as Blanke. As he was a member of the faculty at that time, it is likely they got it right.

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