Rialto Theater (Casper, Wyoming)

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Rialto Theater
Rialto Theater (Casper, Wyoming), west facade.jpg
West facade, 2012
Rialto Theater (Casper, Wyoming) is located in Wyoming
Rialto Theater (Casper, Wyoming)
Location 102 E. Second St., Casper, Wyoming
Coordinates 42°50′55″N 106°19′9″W / 42.84861°N 106.31917°W / 42.84861; -106.31917Coordinates: 42°50′55″N 106°19′9″W / 42.84861°N 106.31917°W / 42.84861; -106.31917
Built 1921
Architect Dubois & Goodrich
Architectural style Chicago, Commercial Style
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93000037[1]
Added to NRHP February 11, 1993

The Rialto Theater in Casper, Wyoming was built as the New Lyric Theater[2] in 1921. It was constructed with 800 seats by Henry Brennan who had a successful Vaudeville house, on which he based the new cinema.[3] He almost immediately sold the building in 1922 to new owners who invested $50,000 in a remodeling project designed by Casper architects William Dubois and Leon Goodrich. The reopening in 1922 featured the William C. deMille movie Nice People, a silent film that was accompanied by the Chicago Netto Ladies Orchestra. In 1928 the Rialto began to show talkies.[2]

The Riato measures 50 feet (15 m) by 100 feet (30 m) on a prominent corner site. The brick facade is plain in form but the brickwork is extensively detailed. A tall neon sign marks the corner, replacing the original metal sign and a marquee was added, covering the original leaded glass transoms over the storefronts. A tall parapet adds to the apparent mass of the theater. Storefronts on both frontages house retail shops. On the interior a balcony is reached by two curving stairs on either side of the lobby, replacing a single grand stair from the first design.[2]

The Rialto continues to operate as a cinema. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Starr, Eileen; Cassity, Michael (December 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Rialto Theater". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Rialto Thater". Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 

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