Rialto Theater

The historic Rialto Theater, built originally as a movie house in 1924, is being brought back to life after a 30 year vacancy.

In 1990, the historic preservation group ARCH Inc. placed the Rialto on its Endangered Structures List. In 1993, the City of Fort Wayne named the Rialto a
locally designated historic building. Its glazed,
terra-cotta tile façade, blonde brick side and rear walls, as well as its ornate interior had fallen into disrepair, but the Rialto’s original and distinguishing dome ceiling remain intact.

The owners envisions within this space live theater, art programs, a coffee shop and community outreach. This is a recent project for MARTINRILEY which began with a feasibility study, building assessment and a master plan for the revitalization and adaptive re-use. A phased approach and budgets for renovation have been put in place that will again bring the stars out at the Rialto.


Ron Ross

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