New Rialto Theatre

1821-23 N. Main Avenue,
Scranton, PA 18508

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Previously operated by: Comerford Theaters Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.

Functions: Housing

Previous Names: Rialto Theatre

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New Rialto Theatre

A conversion of the Company H Armory, the New Rialto Theatre was opened on November 25, 1937 with Pat O'Brien in “Back in Circulation”. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc, through their subsidiary Frank Walker. By 1950 the Rialto Theatre was operated by Comerford Theaters Inc. It was closed in 1958.

After being abandoned for four years, it was reopened on March 16, 1962 with John Wayne in “The Comancheros”. It was closed on March 24, 1968 with Tommy Steele in “The Happiest Millionaire”. It was put to commercial use. It has since been converted into apartments.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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DavidZornig on June 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm

Converted into apartments with the former entrance as a driveway.

50sSNIPES on May 16, 2022 at 6:22 am

The Rialto was formerly the site of the Company H Armory, and opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day (November 25), 1937 with “Back In Circulation”.

After closing in 1958 sitting abandoned for nearly four years, the Rialto had a surprise comeback and reopened back a movie house on March 16, 1962 with John Wayne in “The Comancheros”.

The Rialto closed its doors for the final time on March 24, 1968 with Walt Disney’s “The Happiest Millionaire”. However, a few major incidents occurred there after closure. On September 15, 1968, Scranton Police investigated a forcible entry that occurred at the Rialto by intruders, and on July 7, 1969, the Rialto’s marquee was damaged by a vehicle with a trailer.

The theater would later convert into a commercial structure, and was placed on sale until March 8, 1973.

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