Rialto turns 90
BY KATIE LOOBY • LOVELAND CONNECTION • MAY 10, 2010
LOVELAND – Countless memories have been made at Loveland’s Rialto Theater, which opened 90 years ago and has been renovated several times throughout the decades.
“I grew up here and that was my first date, to see ‘Bambi,'” said Loveland resident Judy Elliott. “I went there a lot when I was younger. I like the way they’ve redone it. It is really nice, but it is still the same in a lot of ways.”
Elliott strolled through downtown Loveland this week with Longmont’s Don Goger, who said he also enjoys the historic theater.
“I’m just impressed by the variety of stuff that goes on there,” he said. “That place is a treasure.”
This month, people are invited to share their favorite memories of the Rialto and celebrate its 90 years during several events at the theater, 228 E. Fourth St.
The Rialto Theater was built in May 1920 as a silent movie theater and had a stage to allow vaudeville shows, also known as variety shows. It featured silent films and traveling vaudeville troupes.