Rialto Theater

424 W. Main Street,
Denison, TX 75020

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dallasmovietheaters on February 6, 2022 at 12:19 pm

John Tullock of Sherman, Texas was the architect.

50sSNIPES on January 18, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Not Just It Showed Concerts And Live Music Venue, They Also Screened Classic Films And Special Screenings Every Saturday.

Rialto_Denison on January 7, 2018 at 3:26 am

Hi there everyone. I’m the current manager of the Rialto and I just wanted to let you all know that we are open and running once again. I found this page as I was researching the theater and its history.I would love if anyone who has photos, stories, and/or inquiries for the theater get back to me at

Driveintheatre2001 on February 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

A photo I took back in Novemeber of 2010 can be seen here..

Same photo as the one above Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

kappasigmapookie on February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm


The Rialto has been remodeled and is having it’s sold out Grand Opening Premiere this Valentine’s Day 02-14-2012: showing Dirty Dancing.

drivein2001 on November 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Was in Denison this week (11-22-10) & Sadly, the RIALTO is now closed. I’m going back Next Monday (11-29-10) to get some updated shots of This Theatre & some other Stuctures as well. See if any other Former Theatre Structures are at least still standing, using the address’s that are on this site.
Randy A Carlisle
Historical Photographer
RAC Photography

photowriter63 on February 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

A great book detailing the history of all 30+ of Denison’s movie theaters is THEATER ROW: MOVIE PALACES OF DENISON, TEXAS, by Billy Holcomb (Denison Heritage Inc., 1999). Has a whole chapter on the Rialto. Over 100 photos. Epilogue by Donna Hord Hunt.

philbertgray on July 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm

A photo of the World Premiere of Red River in Denison in 1948

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

“Red River” returns to the Rialto in 1982, 34 years after its world premier in Denison.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 5, 2009 at 12:26 am

A photo from August 25th, 1948 of the Rialto Theater in Denison featuring a world premier engagement of “Red River”

millsbranch on February 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Trying to capture a little of movie hey days of the past, Red River
returned to the Rialto at Denison on a cool evening, March 18, 1982.
The event generated a little bit of excitement as quite a number of oldtimers reminished about the night 34 years earlier.
The celebration was a far cry from the original, however Denison’s leaders were a different breed, displaying a lack of concern for a
historic occasion of trying to bring back the Rialto’s golden years.
The Classic Red River itself had become relic, ragged and old.
Most in attendance wondered why they were not at home seeing it on
television. Billy Holcomb

millsbranch on February 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I will get some pictures of the Red River Premier at Denison up soon
..Billy Holcomb….

millsbranch on February 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm

RED RIVER Premiered at the Rialto, Wednesday, August 25, 1948.
It was a world premier, but this was the Southwest Premier, but as
reported the stars did not appear at Denison.
Most of them came to Dallas during the weekend.
John Wayne did mention the reason for the premier at Denison was it
was possibly because it was so close to Red River.
The feature was supposed to open at Denison on the 25th, and open
at 350 theaters the next day.
However, many of the towns already had the feature such as Sherman,
and most of them opened their showings on the 25th.
Everyone at denison still has bragging rights that Red River made its
first showing in town……Billy Holcomb

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

A 1984 image of the Rialto Theater in Denison.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 6, 2008 at 2:09 am


Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 29, 2008 at 10:20 pm

A 1983 photo of the Rialto Theater in Denison showing a premier engagement of “Octopussy”.

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2006 at 10:24 am

There is a photo of the Rialto on this page:

teecee on April 19, 2005 at 5:15 pm

“Red River” featuring John Wayne, premiered at this theater on 9/1/48 with Wayne, Montgomery Clift and the other stars present.

Currently houses the Main Street Country Showcase – (903) 463-1690