December 04, 2013LANCASTER — The Rialto movie theater's first show using its new high-definition digital projector and speaker system will be on Friday, Dec. 6, if all goes as planned, according to co-owner Greg Cloutier of Lancaster. The conversion from 35mm to the standard equipment of today began on Monday.
"We still need donations to help us bridge the gap between the town of Lancaster's Main Street loan of $50,000 and the $85,000 final cost of the new digital system, including associated costs," Cloutier explained. "We need all the donation help we can get."
Details on how to donate are listed on the Rialto's website: http://www.lancasterrialto.com. Click on "Donate here," listed at the bottom of the page.
The Rialto Theatre opened in Jan. 1931. Homer Graves built it to provide the town of Lancaster and the surrounding communities with a place to see the latest films. The Rialto has had its ups and downs over the next 82 years, including closing from 1999 until 2002 and then again in the Fall of 2011.
Two local businessmen, Greg Cloutier & David Fuller Jr., bought the theatre at auction under the name Rialto Theatre, LLP, with the goal of restoring the historic theatre to its place as one of the linchpins of the county seat's downtown.
A mix of live entertainment and local events has been added to the schedule of films to help make the Rialto a true community theatre once again.
For example, tomorrow night, Thursday, Dec. 5, the Rialto will be open as part of the annual Old Tyme Christmas festivities, with free Epic Concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.