A Voice of Colorado No. 195 Version 5.0:

The Rialto Theater in Loveland, CO. was built in 1919. In the 1960s and the 1970s the theater changed ownership several times and attendance began to diminish as multiplexes overtook the single screen experience. In 1977, the final night at the theater featured Disney’s THE RESCUERS. The longest running film at The Rialto Theater was in October 1977, when STAR WARS showed.

When the theater closed it was converted to a mini-mall. Like the theater the mini-mall failed.

In 1987 The Loveland Downtown Development Authority acquired the property, and under the direction of Felicia Harmon, renewed the structure to its original purpose, which included movie screenings and performing arts.

In 1988 the theater was added to The National Register of Historic Places.

In 1993 The Colorado State Historic Funds provided funds for the ongoing restoration of the theater. On February 17, 1996 the grand opening of The Rialto Theater took place. Presently the theater showcases touring performers, local art groups and musicians, and embraces its history and tradition: Twice a year silent films accompanied by live music are shown.


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