Rialto Theatre (Montreal)

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Rialto Theatre
Cinéma Rialto
The front facade of the Rialto Theatre
The Rialto Theatre
General information
Construction started 1923
Completed 1924
Design and construction
Architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy
Official name: Rialto Theatre National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1993
Type: Historic monument
Designated: 1988 (municipal), 1990 (provincial)

The Rialto Theatre is a former movie palace located on Park Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.[1]

Constructed in 1923-1924 and designed by Montreal architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy, who specialized in theatre and hospital projects, the Rialto was inspired by Neo-baroque-style Paris Opera House. The interior was designed by Emmanuel Briffa, designer of over sixty Canadian movie houses, in the Louis XVI style. The Rialto ceased operation as a cinema in 1990.[2]

The Rialto Theatre underwent many changes since 2000. All the theatre seats were removed and attempts were even made to convert it into a steakhouse. After nearly thirty years of ownership the owner, Louis Calogeras, was finally able to sell it in March 2010 to Le Groupe Merveilles Inc., and its owners Ezio Carosielli and Luisa Sassano.They have indicated an intention to protect and restore its unique architecture.[3][4]

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Coordinates: 45°31′24″N 73°36′18″W / 45.52333°N 73.60500°W / 45.52333; -73.60500