Rialto Theatre

424 Norfolk Avenue,
Norfolk, NE 68701

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Previous Names: Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre was opened on September 25, 1907. The Lyric Theatre was renamed Rialto Theatre on June 7, 1933.

The Rialto Theatre is listed in the 1940 Film Daily Yearbook as closed with 300 seats.

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dallasmovietheaters on May 23, 2021 at 5:39 am

Burtz & Koyen launched the Lyric Theatre in the Pacific Building on September 25, 1907 as the first dedicated movie theater in Norfolk playing 200 feet of film. The theatre converted to sound to stay viable.

Commonwealth Theatres took on the venue in 1933 giving it a major transformation and improved sound system and renaming it the Rialto at a grand reopening on June 7, 1933 with Laurel & Hardy in “The Devil’s Brother” supported by a Hearst newsreel. When the Rialto closed, it appears that the nameplate was transferred to the Grand Theatre.

50sSNIPES on May 23, 2021 at 5:48 am

One Of The Operators, Paul Ellison Cavanee, Worked At Both Rialto Theatres In Stanton And Norfolk Before C. J. Kremer Took It Over In 1958. Paul Died Almost 2 Years Later On March 19, 1960 At The Age Of 68.

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