Rialto Theatre

236 5th Avenue North,
Nashville, TN 37219

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Previous Names: Crystal Theatre

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The Crystal Theatre was one of Nashville’s first motion picture theatres when it opened in 1907. Around the time that the Rex Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre were opening up the street. It was renamed Rialto Theatre November 4, 1918 and was closed December 9, 1926. Unfortunately nothing remains of the six theatres that once dominated 5th Avenue.

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joelmoses on January 10, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Another theatre that got swallowed whole by the huge footprint of the Amsouth Center.

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 5:38 am

According to Bowers' “Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments” page 551, the Rialto had a Reproduco organ made by the Operators Piano Co.

The Rialto in Nashville is listed twice; either a misprint or there were TWO of them at the same time?

TLSLOEWS on June 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

This theatre was located about one block up from the Ryman Auditiorum

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

We need some pictures,guys.

TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Cashville is located at this address now I do not know if this is in the same building.

TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Saw a photo of the vertical sign of this theatre last night on NPT Channel 8.They were showing a program of Nashville Photos of the 20th Century,they also had photos of many theatres and drive-ins.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Be great to get a copy of that.

TLSLOEWS on August 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm

O.K. e-mail you address and I will send it to you.

TLSLOEWS on September 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I read on another site that this theatre operated from 1920-1928.

dallasmovietheaters on March 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Launched as the Crystal Theatre in 1907, the theatre closed briefly in October of 1918 for a refurbishing. It reopened as the Rialto Theatre on November 4, 1918 with “Crashing Through.” Ads conclude December 9, 1926 with Buck Jones' “Buckaroo Kid.”

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