Rialto Theater has front redone! Searcy AR historic building.

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Newly redone Rialto theater searcy ar

NEW VIEWS OF THE RIALTO THEATER IN SEARCY AR!

 

I wrote the following blog about 8 years ago.  It was a bit of a plea for keeping the Searcy historic theater around forever.  It seems to be happening!  These are two new pictures of the lovely old building, now being renovated with the front completed!

 

Searcy Arkansas has one of the oldest theaters in Arkansas.  It was built in approximately 1923 and still flashes its Neon sign as busy Race Street passes within a few feet of its ticket window.

The theater building is owned by the city of Searcy as it was donated to the city by a prominent family several years ago.  It is now operated by a gentleman who gets to rent it free because he paid about $75,000 of his own funds to renovate the Rialto.

It's a win-win situation because the building is not sitting vacant.  Victor Weber runs the theater and charges much less for tickets than the newer Cinema 8 charges.  Example is a ticket for $2 and possibly free popcorn.  Mr. Weber seems to have the theater in his blood and has been in the theater business since 1954.

Personally I love having the old theater active.  Memories go back to occasionally going there with my children and watching the huge reels of film as the movie was shown.  But mostly we could drop the kids off and pick them up after the movie was over.  We didn't worry then about child molesters and kidnappings as parents do now.

My daughter was able to get her first job working there selling behind the concession stand.  The lady who patrolled the aisles trying to keep the kids in line was dreaded and feared by everyone.  She had a permanent scowl that even scared us parents.  Imagine my surprise when I met her later when she didn't work there and she was a lovely person who actually smiled!

Here's hoping our Rialto will be around forever!

 

Click here to see the old blog with picture at that time.   http://activerain.com/blogsview/667985/searcy-arkansas-s-rialto-theater--on-the-court-square-

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Joan Cox
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Barbara, the Rialto Theater is looking good now with the new improvement.  Glad it got a facelift since it is the oldest building.

Dec 23, 2016 06:00 AM #1
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Curtis King

Thank You Searcy ! The Rialto holds a special place in my heart since my grandfather K.K. King managed it from 1945 until his death in 1973.
Thank You from the King Family

Dec 23, 2016 06:57 AM #2
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Don Thompson
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Anita and I have commented on the Rialto many times on your blog. It holds such good memories for us. I am told the first movie I saw there was Tarzan when I was less than a year old. I remember the first serial was "Don Winsilow in the Navy" during WWII. I can remember walking there from my home on Main and Arch and paying a dime for the movie and a nickel for popcorn.

The facade looks grand.

 

Dec 23, 2016 08:11 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Joan, thanks for commenting on my blog.

 

Dec 23, 2016 08:22 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Curtis, thanks for telling us about your grandfather's running the Rialto for so many years.  The theater is dear to everyone who ever attending a movie or function there.

Don, I was in Georgia but remember picking cotton on some Saturday mornings to make 15 cents for the movie at a little movie house.  I hope that included popcorn because it would have been the only money I had!

Dec 23, 2016 08:28 AM #5
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Harold Gene Sullivan

For all of us who grew up in Searcy in the '40s and '50s, the Rialto holds a spe3cial place in our hearts. There were the Saturday "shoot 'em ups" when we were kids and dates as we got older.

Dec 23, 2016 01:19 PM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I can imagine how happy you are to see The Rialto restored to this state, Barbara!  I'm glad for Searcy!

Dec 23, 2016 04:45 PM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Harold Gene, those were part of the good ole days that made you forget the days that were not so good!

Myrl, thanks for being happy for us!

 

Dec 24, 2016 04:38 AM #8
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Joe Pryor
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That is a classic and they should never be torn down to make was for what some people call progress but what I call loss.

Dec 24, 2016 08:20 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Joe Pryor, you said that nicely and it is so true.  Thanks for the comment.

Dec 25, 2016 05:04 AM #10
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