Rialto Theatre

936 Whitehorse Road,
Melbourne, VIC 3128

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Functions: Office Space, Retail

Previous Names: Recreation Hall

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Rialto Theatre Box Hill

Located in the east Melbourne district of Box Hill. The Recreation Hall opened in the late-1880’s as a multi-purpose entertainment use building. It had a flat floor and a balcony. From 10th June 1911, film shows were being presented.

In 1929, it was converted into the Rialto Theatre. It was owned by Eastern Theatres from around 1930. The facade of the Rialto Theatre was modernised in the 1950’s. The name given for the owner of the Rialto Theatre, is Box Hill Amusements Pty Ltd.

The Rialto Theatre was closed in the late-1950’s and was converted into ‘The Walk’, an arcade of shops and offices.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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film on December 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm

BOX HILL PICTURES (1915) At The Recreation hall. Williams' Box Hill Pictures drew one of the best crowds ever in the Recreation hall last Saturday night. A splendid programme was shown, including the 6th series of ‘Lucille Love,’ a 30,000 feet star film that is being shown in sections of 2000 feet each Saturday. Though not as exciting as some other parts, it is a very nice portion, a side-splitting Keystone, ‘Between Showers, and other comedies kept the crowd in good humor, while a topical war-film gave some insight into the happenings in Europe. ‘Bully Boy’ was the idea a sketch artist has of the finish of the ‘War Devil, as he calls him, showing, amongst other interesting sketches, the Kaiser being swallowed up by a British bull dog, and the applause that followed showed that also suited the feelings of local residents. Next Saturday the 6th series of ‘Lucille Love’ is to be shown, along with other dramas, comedies, topical war gazettes, and pictures of interest, and to suit patrons who live up the line a longer programme will be shown, so that those who have to catch the train leaving Box-Hill at 11.05, will not have to wait any time on the station. In future the programme will commence at 8.15 and finish at 10.50PM. – An article featured in the Camberwell and Hawthorn Advertiser (Vic) Sat 16 Jan, 1915 (Page 6) titled BOX HILL PICTURES.

Note: Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery is a 1914 American action film serial directed by Francis Ford. It was the first serial by Universal. It was originally intended to be a short subject. The serial is now considered to be lost with only four episodes surviving. – Contributed by Greg Lynch –

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