Rialto Theater

1235 Broadway,
Columbus, GA 31901

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Georgia Theatre Company, Martin Theatres, United Theater Enterpises Inc.

Styles: Gothic Revival

Previous Names: Martin Theater

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Rialto Theater

The Rialto Theater was opened prior to March 1919. By 1934 it was operated by United Theater Enterprises Inc. This theater has been out of operation for over 25 years. Martin Theatres was the last company to run movies and Carmike Cinemas closed the theater when they purchased Martin Theatres. It was closed as an adult movie theatre in 1972.

Contributed by Reynolds Bickerstaff

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Chris1982 on May 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

The Rialto was listed as open as early as 1926.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on August 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Looks to me like there is restoration going on. See this web site:


Chris1982 on August 16, 2014 at 1:41 am

The Rialto is listed for lease on Loopnet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

The Rialto was mentioned in the Columbus Enquirer at least as early as March, 1919. The Rialto’s building looks as though it would date from the 1910s.

rivest266 on July 3, 2018 at 1:56 pm

First ad from March 26th, 1919. Ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on July 4, 2018 at 11:07 pm

and closed as a adult cinema in 1972.

RobertStephens on July 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm

I served at Benning four times, and the local theaters were always important to us. The Rialto was cheap but always had good bargains for the ticket price. The Bradley and Georgia were both great. The local drive-ins were also wonderful.

TheaterLover800 on December 6, 2019 at 11:29 pm

Every time I had visited my Grandparents up there when my parents would take us to the movies we go to the Bradley. I had noticed that movie theater was a few feet down and got curious about it cause they were showing x rated movies. It was called the Rialto art. By the time I visited my grandparents in 71 they were showing a Frankenstein movie, Die Frnaknstien die. I had a chance to see the theater, but, my Cousin wanted to see another movie another theater so I never got a chance to see how this small theater looked like, until recent old photos show in a restoration, obviously for its own sake. Still unused.

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