102 S. Ocean Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc.
Previous Names: Unique Theater, New Unique Theater
The Rialto Theater, once located on S. Ocean Avenue, began it’s life as the New Unique Theater in 1913. It was the second location for the Unique Theater. It was badly damaged in a fire July 10, 1919. It was rebuilt and reopened in April 1920. By 1925, it had been re-named Rialto Theater, when it was destroyed by a fire in December 1925. The Rialto Theater was soon rebuilt and was operated by the Glynne & Ward circuit and was a very popular theater in it’s day for moviegoers. It became part of the Prudential Circuit chain.
Unfortunately, in the winter of 1978, the Rialto Theater caught fire and it took almost eight hours to fight the fire as the building was completely engulfed in flames. It burned to the ground, and the remains had to be razed afterwards.
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