Rialto Theatre

3-4 Coventry Street,
London, W1D 6BL

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rivest266 on May 21, 2021 at 8:06 am

Grand opening ad posted

tomholdsworth on September 30, 2013 at 5:21 am

In fact 20th Century Fox DID own the Rialto, I was a projectionist at the Rialto in the late 1960’s and was directly employed by 20th Century Fox Corporation.

I saw the cinema recently (now a Casino) and the interior appears to be intact as I remember it, pity it is not a cinema anymore.

eceleticandveryinspired on May 16, 2013 at 2:48 am

Compare the mamzing similarity of the Rialto coventry st london and the Parkway Baltimore, USA.


Mike_Blakemore on October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I The 20’s and early thirties The Cinemas was Operated by ABC Cinenas. The Manager that I trained with at The ABC Savoy Walsall. Was assitant Manager at the Commodore Hammersmith and did management relief at Rialto

Mike_Blakemore on October 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Have found a picture of the auditorium….

Mike_Blakemore on September 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

The seating was removed. and ended up in a short lived cinema in Birmingham called “The Original Cinema” Saltley..

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 18, 2011 at 4:44 am

A vintage photograph from April 1955, showing the Rialto Cinema. The Peter Robinson store was later demolished and the Swiss Centre built on the site. In 2009, this too was demolished and a hotel has been built on that site:

woody on June 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

a cinema ad for the Rialto from dec 1979 when it screening The Bitch, and was a Brent Walker Theatre

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

The derelict interior of the Rialto Cinema, photographed in 1998:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 6:01 am

The Rialto Cinema can be seen on the left of this night-time view of Coventry Street in November 1955:

larrygoldsmith on March 22, 2008 at 9:44 pm

This theatre may have had ties to 20th Century Fox Film Corp., but it was never owned or operated by the FOX/NATIONAL GENERAL CORP. chain of theatres. These are seperate co’s. Fox/ National General no longer exsist. 20th Century Fox is alive and well. But there is no connection between the two. Fox Theatres/National General Theatres never owned or operated movie theatres overseas.

DaveRoberts on August 11, 2007 at 12:40 pm

The Rialto will shortly be rebranded from a Hard Rock Casino into a ‘G Casino’, following Rank’s sale of its Hard Rock Cafe division.

If you go to:
You can view several interior tours of the casino. Much of the original ornate ceiling and plasterwork appears to be intact, as does the circle.

Ian on August 11, 2007 at 11:47 am

A photo of the not-long-closed Rialto in 1987 here:–

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Ian on July 28, 2007 at 3:33 pm

A view of the side wall of the auditorium block here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 23, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Ron; Great memories. The Rialto Theatre did have a balcony, seating capacities were for 452 Stalls and 232 Balcony which give a total seating capacity of 684.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 23, 2006 at 8:21 am

I attended a film at the Rialto in September 1959 when I was fresh off the old RMS Queen Mary from New York. The film was “Blue Denim”, a movie about teen angst, which was appropriate since I was just out of my teens myself and full of angst. A couple of girls sitting in front of me cried through much of it. It was a week-night screening. I seem to recall that it was necessary to climb a few steps to enter the inner foyer, and that the cinema was in very good condition. However, it seemed larger to me than the 684-seat figure above would sugggest. I believe that it had a balcony or circle.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 3:14 am

A photograph of the Rialto Cinema that I took in July 1964:
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acs on June 24, 2005 at 6:50 pm

Where does the arts money in this country go? Nowhere? Recently, I am nearly ashamed to say, but more aptly sick to say, that my simple being wishes to stay away from the arts mostly these days and there are few to be found. And the culture of culture, the culture of art has largely gone. Whose decision was it in the government to let such a great idea turn into a casino? I am now firm in my opinion that whatever the Tories are like, no governing body could ever be worse than the current Labour party. The arts were living and breathing under the conservatives, whatever the constant moans and genuine demands for increased funding, and the arts in the UK was always looking up under a conservative government. Its just straight down to less than nowhere with Blair and Labour. And they don’t display any sign that they would ever be able to give a damn, not that they wouldn’t it’s just that they are completely unable to. I don’t know why. But lets not keep them

samira on June 16, 2005 at 11:42 pm

The British Film Institute had hoped to reopen the Rialto as a West End venue for the National Film Theatre (somewhat similar to American Cinemateque). It was a brilliant proposal. But of course big business prevailed. The Fashion Cafe opened and shut within a year or two. Presumably the cinema was gutted. It is now a Hard Rock Casino. I can’t walk past it without thinking everytime what a wasted opportunity.

Alawi on March 10, 2004 at 6:53 pm

Aye it’s a Casino now. I remember the Rialto would show B movies in the 1970s…BLAZING MAGNUMS, THE BITCH, etc. Still it was a nice theatre in a great location.

DaveRoberts on October 23, 2002 at 1:43 pm

Rather than becoming a ‘Chicago Rock cafe’, I hear that the Rialto will actually reopen in November 2002 as a Hard Rock Casino, with owners Rank Group spending a considerable amount of money on the conversion to a casino.