Rex Theatre

SW Railroad Street,
Hammond, LA 70403

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Previous Names: Rialto Theatre

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The Rialto Theatre was opened as a silent movie theatre. It converted to sound, but was closed during the Depression. It was given a makeower and reopened as the Rex Theatre opened on March 23, 1940 with George Raft in “Invisible Stripes”. It could accommodate 600 patrons. It was closed on November 30, 1953 with “Hangman’s Knot” & “Voodoo Tiger”. It later went over to retail use and has since been demolished.

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dallasmovietheaters on June 28, 2024 at 10:27 pm

The Rialto was a silent era movie house in downtown Hammond. Christine Foltz ran it for many years. It converted to sound to remain viable though closed during the Depression. After years of dormancy, the Columbia Amusement Company took on the theater after Foltz’s death and gave it a streamline moderne makeover. It also renamed the venue as the Rex Theatre opening on March 23, 1940 with George Raft in “Invisible Stripes.“The Rex ceased operation in November 30, 1953 with "Hangman’s Knot” and “Voodoo Tiger.” The building was later converted for other retail purposes.

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