Three Rivers, TX 78071
About Rialto Theatre-Three Rivers
Operating since: 1948
When the first frames of “Pearl Harbor” flickered across the Rialto’s big screen on June 22, 2001, it was the culmination of months of planning and hard work–not to mention the dreams of many in the small town of Three Rivers. First opened in 1948, the theater was the hang-out for two generations of Three Rivers’ families–the venue for countless first dates and dreams of yesteryear.
The theater closed in 1981. Nearly 20 years later, the building was purchased by the Three Rivers Economic Development Committee, who provided funding for the restoration of the theater. It is leased to Virginia Herring of Three Rivers. The Rialto is the only operating movie theater in a three-county area.
Vintage movie memorabilia and old photos of the Rialto can now be found in the refurbished, two-screen theater, while the original seats are available for purchase. Now showing first-run movies, the building is equipped with the latest in state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, while capturing that small town feel.
The exterior was restored as closely to its original appearance as possible, using the original neon marquee. A new feature of the theater is the special “cry room” designed for parents of young children. This soundproof room features rocker seats, speakers, and a one-way glass window so the movie may be viewed in privacy.
The Rialto has hosted many special events since its re-opening, including weekly kid’s movies, special holiday film showings, and a first anniversary party that featured a “movie under the stars.”
The theater may also be leased for parties, meetings, or presentations; it features a video and power point projectors for corporate meetings and advertising.
For more information about the historic Rialto Theater, or for a list of movies and showtimes, call (361) 786-4403, or the Movie Hotline at (361) 786-4400.
The original seats from the Rialto Theater are now on sale for $75.
Historical Medallion put on Rialto Theatre on April 29, 2017 by the Live Oak County Historical Commission.
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