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Rialto 90th Birthday Celebration

A Glimpse Into the Past. Looking Toward Our Future

The Rialto Square Theatre is eagerly planning special events in anticipation of its 90th Anniversary. The Rialto Square Theatre opened its doors to the public on May 24th, 1926. For ninety years, this historic venue has served Joliet and the greater Will County area as an entertainment destination from the days of vaudeville and silent movies and still today as a regional performing arts center. For the past three decades, the Rialto has endeavored to serve as a foundation for the economic revitalization of downtown Joliet and has served tens of thousands of persons annually who have enjoyed attending performances, public and private events and educational programs. The Rialto Square Theatre staff has planned special programs, activities and tours for all to enjoy for the 90th birthday celebration that will include memories of the past and a vision into its future. “The rich history of the Rialto is certainly something that should be recognized but the 90th anniversary is more about celebrating the future of this magnificent facility,” stated Jack Ericksen, Rialto Square Theatre Interim General Manager. A special thank you to our sponsors Rialto Square Theatre Volunteers, Exxon Mobil, Milano Bakery, Moore Glass, Kozol Bros., Joliet City Center Partnership and JM Printers. The 90th Celebration is Co-chaired by Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and Will County Executive Larry & Irene Walsh Sr. The day is set as an open house style event and is FREE and open to the public. The first 500 people through the doors will receive a free commemorative magnet compliments of JM Printers. A schedule of events is below: 1:30PM PUBLIC TOUR The tour will start with a brief history of the Rialto while you walk through the beautiful architecture and