112 W. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Tri-State Theaters Inc. (OR)
Architects: Frank C. Clark
The Rialto Theatre was opened on August 30, 1917 with Mabel Julienne Scott in “The Barrier” & “A Zeppelin Attack on New "York”.
“The handsome and well-appointed new Rialto Theatre was formally opened last night to capacity audiences and with many turned away for lack of room.
Last night and today nothing but high praise was heard for the theatre, its splendid arrangement and appointments and its opening attraction. Especially were the audiences pleased with the ventilating system which provides continuous fresh air, and the comfortable and commodious seats.
Messrs. Percy and Moran, the owners and managers of the theatre, were the recipients of many warm congratulations.
A much-appreciated feature of both shows last night was the music by the symphonic orchestral organ, (a 2 manual Robert-Morton organ) which was played by a skilled professional.
Rex Beach’s “The Barrier”, the opening attraction, will be given today and Saturday with matinees at 2 p.m. and evening shows at 7 and 9 p.m.“ —Medford Mail Tribune, August 31, 1917, page 2.
The Rialto Theatre was remodeled in 1939 and was closed in 1952, with proposals to become a furniture store, but that never happened. It reopened following a remodel in July 1953, but that was short lived as it closed in Spring of 1954.
In 2022 the building closest to the corner of N. Fir Street houses Essential Home Decor store
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