Rialto Theatre

324 N. Main Street,
Pocahontas, IA 50574

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Architects: Roland 'Tip' Goucher Harrison, Frank E. Wetherell

Firms: Wetherell & Harrison

Functions: Live Performances, Movies

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 712.335.3434

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Rialto Theatre, Pocahontas Iowa

The Rialto Theatre opened on September 3, 1939, designed in Streamline Moderne style, with seating for 200. It is located on Main Street. The theater remained in operation for half a century, closing in 1989. It was reopened in 1995 as a movie house and venue for live performances.

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kencmcintyre on January 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Here is another view of the Rialto:

kencmcintyre on January 22, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I think that was some kind of joke.

kencmcintyre on January 22, 2008 at 6:53 pm

I don’t know. I was thinking maybe the marquee was set up for a movie shoot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm

This appears to have been a replacement for an earlier Rialto Theatre. The February 1, 1939, issue of Boxoffice magazine said that Jack Bouma, operator of the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas, planned to begin construction on a new theater there that spring. The plans for the new house were being drawn by the Des Moines architectural firm Wetherell & Harrison.

kdavis on January 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm

The earlier Rialto Theater was down the street and around the corner. The building is still there at 29 3rd Ave NE. The Boumas operated the “Old” Rialto from the 1920s until they constructed the “new” Rialto discussed above.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Manager Jerry Reiter in a March 1970 issue of BOxoffice said that the movie “THE WILD BUNCH” played the Rialto and said “FOR TOO MUCH BLOOD FOR MY PATRONS”,but he said he got many good comments. Played Wednesday- Saturday.Cold Iowa weather.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Still another comment from Jerry Reiter,“CASTLE KEEP” he said “just enough comedy and fighting to make it good"It played four days.

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