Rialto Theatre

595 West Side Avenue,
Jersey City, NJ 07304

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Previously operated by: Skouras Theatres

Architects: George Flagg

Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

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Rialto Theatre

On August 14, 1926 a Wurlitzer organ (opus 1418) was installed in the building which opened as the Rialto Theatre on October 29, 1926 with Viola Dana in “Kosher Kitty Kelly” & Tom Tyler in “Tom and His Pals”. The Rialto Theatre was still listed as operating in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook. It was closed in the early-1960’s.

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 28, 2006 at 11:29 am

Here’s an ad for the Rialto from the Jersey Journal, December 1942. If anyone tried to make a movie like that in 1952 instead of 1942, they’d be hanged for high treason:

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 7:12 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY. Listed as CLOSED and part of Skouras Theatres Corp. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

spectrum on January 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Looks to be demolished. From the Google aerial photos I see a gas station at that address.

countup on September 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

remember this place being near a veternarians office. it was alreay closed by time i was a kid,but i remember it because the marque was still up.

rivest266 on February 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm

This opened on October 29th, 1926. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

3d on February 11, 2018 at 9:39 am

This theater was closed by the early 60’s. I walked past it every day on my way to school. My mother went there growing up and I have brown stemware that the theater gave away when you went to see a movie. It no longer exists. It was torn down and there is a gas station there now.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Here is an item that is probably about the Rialto, from the September 5, 1925, issue of Motion Picture News:

“High Class Theatre to Be Built in Bergen, N. J.

“West Bergen, N. J. is to have another high class theatre which will seat 1,500 persons. The theatre building will be erected at West Side and Communipaw avenues. The plans for this theatre have been drawn by George Flagg.”

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