The Rialto Theater in Pocahontas has been chosen as the new home venue for "Growing up on a Gravel Road" (tm)
The first show in The Rialto will be held Saturday July 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Construction began on the Rialto Theatre in downtown Pocahontas, Iowa, in early 1939, with the first movie shown September 3 of that year. The theatre operated continuously for nearly 50 years before closing in 1989. After three years sitting vacant, in May 1992, a meeting to discuss the reopening of the theatre attracted over 100 interested residents. The decision was made to to renovate and reopen the historic theatre as a multi-purpose venue for both movies and live entertainment.
After three years of renovations and repairs, the theatre reopened with great fanfare with a premiere screening of the Walt Disney movie Pocahontas on June 22, 1995. The movie brought staff and stars from Pocahontas to town for the screening and attracted media outlets from across the state. The theatre continues to operate today, with volunteers playing an integral role in the day-to-day operation.
The Rialto provides an intimate setting for live theater. The Roman Coloseum is said to have held 87,000 people. C.Y. Stephens auditorium at ISU in Ames holds 2637 people. The Majestic Theater on Broadway in NYC holds 1645 people. The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, 1058. When you buy a ticket at The Rialto, you need to share with only 280 other people.