Cult Theatre Postcards: Series One, Card Number 20 – Rialto Theater


This historic Cult Theatre Grindhouse Postcard features an extremely rare photo of the Rialto Theater. The theater was located 80 Forsyth Street NW in Atlanta, Georgia.

When the photo was taken, the Rialto Theater was screening the kung fu film Incredible Death Master and blaxploitation classic The Black Godfather.

The first Rialto Theatre opened in April of 1916 as the Piedmont Theatre. Designed by architect A. Ten Eyck Brown, the theater seated 925 people and was located at 84 Forsyth Street. Then in 1962, the old Rialto Theater was razed and rebuilt with a seating capacity 1,200. Georgia State University purchased the property in 1991 and converted it into one of Atlanta’s premiere concert venues.

All Cult Theatre Postcards feature vintage and grindhouse movie theaters within the United States. The series includes cinemas in major urban centers such as Downtown Los Angeles, New York’s Times Square – then known as “The Deuce,” Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore and many, many more famous cities. The movie theatres are screening cult classics, B-movies, martial arts films, horror films and more.

The time was the 1980’s and movie theaters were attempting to reinvent themselves, with smaller budgets and new audiences. Many independently owned theaters resorted to low-cost B-movies and Asian movie imports, especially kung fu films.

Other movie theaters in the Cult Theatres Postcard collection include The Loew’s Theater, Rialto Theater, Anco Theater, Malco Theater, Paramount Theater, Fox Nickelodeon Theater, Luna Theater, Woods Theater, Cameo Theater, Cinema 35 Theater, Washington Theater, Capri Theater, Publix Theater, The Pussycat Theater, Center Theater, McVickers Theater, The Castle Theater, El Morro Theater, Cine 42 Theater, Stadium Theater, Empire Theater, Majestic Theater, Brauntex Theater, RKO Jefferson Theater, Times Square Theater, Liberty Theater, Roxy Theater, Embassy Theater, Strand Theater, Uptown Theater, State-Lake Theater, Los Angeles Theater, Tower Theater, Victoria Theater, Adams Theater, Chicago Theater, Boulevard Theater, New Isis Theater, Howard Theater, Academy Theater, Sam Eric Theater, Sameric Theater and more.

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