Thank you for helping us Celebrate the Rialto’s 90th Birthday!
On October 17, 1925, the Rialto opened its doors for the first time with a Movie Premiere and live entertainment on stage. On October 17th 2015, Friends of the Rialto celebrated the 90th Anniversary of that Opening Night!
We presented two shows, one at 5:30 and the other at 8:00. Both shows started with Buster Keaton’s silent comedy “The Boat” on the Rialto Screen, accompanied live by Mr. Mark Herman on the Theatre Organ. Following the movie, our Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Levi Tinker, introduced a variety of live acts on the Rialto Stage, everything from Opera and Ballet to Comedy, Modern Dance and Musical Theatre. The live show was produced by the Conundrum Theatre Company.
Guests also had the opportunity to explore the historic theatre, including private guided tours for VIP ticketholders. Friends of the Rialto also showcased our multi-phased plan to revitalize the building to its original use, bringing a variety cinematic and live performing arts to the venue.
Also on display in the Mezzanine Lobby were photos and materials about legendary vaudeville producers Fanchon and Marco, In the early days, some of Fanchon and Marco’s acts graced the Rialto Stage!
Thanks to our audience for your support. Proceeds from the event will allow us to continue our advocacy efforts to restore and reopen the Rialto Theatre.
Special Thanks to our local sponsors for your support: