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Rialto Theatre


Address: Main Street
City: Gladstone State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Delta
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Owner: Unknown
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11/22/2015 - Charlie Rose
I grew up a little south of the Log Cabin Inn, south of Gladstone. In the mid-40s, I would often ride my bike, Saturdays, the 2. 7 miles to the Rialto theater to watch the Lone Ranger serials, and similar flicks. That was 70 years ago, and I *think* it cost 10¢ … but it was NOT more than 20¢. If it was raining when the movie was over, the owner let me stay, free, for the second showing.

(If it was still raining after that, I'd hang out at the post office across the street. I couldn't call home because we didn't have a phone yet. When we *did* get a phone, it was on a party-line, and the number was 468-F21. My aunt's number in Esky was 215-J, and other friends' number was 744-M.

They were different times, then!).
11/30/2013 - james
I just want to add to the comments from 2006 by Rebecca. I used to roller skate there when I was young. After that it was opened as a night club in the 90's , which I also patroned. Finally to Rebecca's comments about the drawing for the name for the second teen club. i was actually the person that came up with the name No Name.

I was never awarded anything because I was a DJ and on their 'board'. After a few hours of going through names that were submitted we could not come up with anything fitting so I just said well why don't we name it 'No Name' and so it stuck. This building has a lot of good memories for me.

7/27/2013 - Holly
The Rialto was a wonderful theater John and Jean Vogt sold the business (they rented the space but owned the business) and the new owner didn't keep it operating for very long. It was converted to a roller rink around 1980. My parents owned the building and the Vogts would give them free passes fairly frequently - such a nice couple.
8/9/2009 - jim brusoe
BACK IN THE ''40''S AND 50''S, THE MOVIES RAN S-M-T, W-TH, F-SAT. THERE WAS ALWAYS A DOUBLE FEATURE. SATURDAY ALWAYS FEATURED AN OATER, STARRING SUCH LUMINARIES AS LASH LARUE,THE CISCO KID AND, OF COURSE, GENE AND ROY. jOHN VOGT WAS THE MANAGER. hE WAS A MAN OF SARTORIAL SPLENDOR, ALWAYS DRESSED AS IF HE JUST STEPPED OUT OF ESQUIRE.

iT WAS THE PLACE TO BE BEFORE THE ADVENT OF TV. OFTEN WE WENT TO THE MOVIES NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS SHOWING BUT IT WAS THE PLACE TO BE. MANY OF THOSE MOVIES WERE NOT VERY GOOD BUT HOLLYWOOD DID NOT HAVE A VERY DEMANDING CLIENTELE.

1/1/2008 - Rick
The Rialto operated until at least the late 1970s. As a child, my friends would go there and watch movies on Saturday afternoons for 35 cents. The theater had the traditional red chairs and curtains inside. Located across the street was the Dairy Flo, so a great day would be a 35 cent movie and a 10 cent cone. I moved away to Escanaba in 1976, and the theater was still going during my high school days, but had to compete with three theaters (later two) operating in Escanaba, seven miles away.

9/13/2006 - Rebecca
I dont know much about this theater, I grew up in Gladstone, but the theater had been long gone by my era. I think during the 90s it housed a teen club. I remember they had a drawing to name the place and the winning name was Club No Name and before that I believe it was Club Gypsy. Those both folded and now it houses a seemingly ever changing variety of local businesses under the name The Rialto Centre.

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Rialto Theatre - OLD PHOTO
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