Rialto Theater

10 S. Main Street,
Butte, MT 59701

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Architects: Henderson Ryan

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RIALTO Theatre; Butte, Montana.

The Rialto Theater designed by architect Henderson Ryan for Claude Jensen and John Von Herberg, opened in May of 1917. The building was closed in the late-1950’s, but reopened in 1962. It was demolished in the 1960’s and replaced by a bank.

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elmsdale on April 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

A 1917 article from Pacific Builder and Engineer (Barnes, Horace. “Patented Ramp in Liberty Theatre Seattle.” Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 27, 1917, p. 16.) states that Jensen and Von Herberg were the “lessees” of the theatre and that Seattle architect Henderson Ryan was the designer using his patented ramp design. Stylistically, the Rialto is very similar to the Liberty Theatre. Ryan was also working on Butte’s Peoples Theatre and another unknown theatre in Helena at the time. The Neptune Theatre (1921) in Seattle, also by Ryan, looks like a stripped down version of the Rialto.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thanks Chuck,wonderful pictures.

DavidZornig on November 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

1920 photo added courtesy of the Distinctly Montana Facebook page. 1927 photo added courtesy of Copper City .Com Facebook page.

rivest266 on November 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

This closed in 1958 or 1959 and reopened on February 16th, 1962. 1962 ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig on April 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

1918 photo & description added courtesy Vintage Cinema Ads Facebook page.

The Rialto in Butte MT, where the theater had the local fire department do a full appearance to advertise a fire-department related movie called “The Still Alarm”.

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