Rialto Theatre

100 E. 2nd Street,
Casper, WY 82601

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Gibraltar Enterprises Inc.

Architects: William Dubois, Leon Goodrich

Previous Names: New Lyric Theatre

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The historic Rialto Theatre opened October 17, 1922 with Wallace Reid in “Nice People”. It featured a large screen and a sizable balcony. In August 2004 it had a makeover. It had rocking chair seating, Dolby Digital sound and now used the original proscenium opening and curtain. It was closed in 2022 and put up ‘For Sale’ with a proviso that the purchaser would not use it as a theatre.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

MichaelGraham on February 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

This is actually owned by Movie Palaces Inc. or at least that is name listed at the bottom of their website.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Photos of the Rialto taken in 2010 Here, Here and Here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Like tag on the marquee"see a movie Tonight" don’t recall seeing such a thing on a marquee.Over powers “NETWORK"which should never happen on a marquee.

Derek_Hunter on April 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

stephangelos, this may be asking a lot, assuming you even check this site anymore, but since 1975, has there been a planter out front? I’m trying to reconstruct some memories, and I recall seeing a double feature: Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry and Vanishing Point there in 1975, but I can’t remember if it was the Rialto or the America theater. Any help from anyone would be appreciated.

rivest266 on January 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

Reopened as Rialto on October 17th, 1922. article:

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266 on September 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Reopened on August 20th, 2004 after upgrades. Ad in photo section.

MichaelKilgore on November 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Boxoffice, July 19, 1976: “CASPER, WYO. – Collapse of part of the Rialto Theatre ceiling June 21 slightly injured four persons here, hospitalizing one with minor injuries. The others were treated and released. An estimated ton of plaster and steel mesh dropped into the balcony area, officials said, but missed most of the 20 persons seated in the balcony. Cause of the collapse was identified as a water leak in the roof which softened the plaster.”

MichaelGraham on February 13, 2020 at 10:54 am

A recent mini-remodel added reclining leather seats to lower level of the theater and has closed off the upper balcony.

MichaelGraham on July 8, 2023 at 4:24 pm

This theater has been closed for over a year now and is listed for sale. The following is a link to a story about this.


It is my understanding that any new owner must agree to not reopening this a theater though.

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