In the teen years of the 1900s, Akron had its own RIALTO THEATRE. The theater and its marquee graced the boulevard on the south side. The word “rialto" is borrowed from the Italians as a good name for a place where people go for marketing and entertainment. For over forty years, our Rialto was loved by the local residents as its neighborhood gathering place. The new movie media was just beginning and the Rialto was one of the earliest show places to feature a “silver screen.” The theatre was lost in the 1950s. It no longer competed with the malls and the multiplexes. A new marquee will soon mark 1000 Kenmore Boulevard as it looked a century ago.
The new Rialto Theatre is part of a gentrification of the grand old neighborhood. It has been restored and is managed by JUST A DREAM ENTERTAINMENT, INC. JADE is the dream of two brothers, Nate and Seth Vaill, whose goal is to bring the performing arts to serve Kenmore and the greater Akron area. Opening in 2015, the facility features two recording studios, a live room with a stage, full sound and lighting, café tables, stools, chairs, and a full bar. The live room is available for music concerts, comedy clubs, little theater, art displays, parties, receptions and more.
For more information, call The Rialto Theatre office at 234.525.1956, or stop by and see the space at 1000 KENMORE BOULEVARD, AKRON, OH 44314.