Rialto Theatre

Plumb Orchard Lake Road and Scarbro Road,
Scarbro, WV 25917

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Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre was opened in 1937. Seated 300 as listed in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942.

I can’t come up with much about this theatre but I think Scarbro may have been a company town and perhaps even a ghost town today. I’d appreciate further clarification and would love to see a pic. Can anyone find the exact address?

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

A couple of the photos on tis web page show the Rialto Theatre in Scarbro. It looks like the theater was on the second floor with stores below. The building also looks to be older than the company store next door, which was built in 1937.

The company store is still standing, but the theater has been demolished. The theater fronted on Plum Orchard Lake Road at the corner of Scarbro Road.

Google Maps has no street view, but Bing Maps has a bird’s eye view.

Nessa on November 27, 2021 at 1:48 pm

WVU Libraries have this picture of the “theatre and amusement hall” in Scarbro.


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

The photo Nessa found (clickable link) definitely show the same building in the photos at the web site I linked to earlier, but the movie poster in front of the theater features Florence Vidor, a star of the silent era. The cars in the photo also date from the 1920s, so it’s clear the Rialto was in operation earlier than we’d thought.

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