The historic Rialto Square Theatre in
Illinois, not only hosts hundreds of entertainment patrons, but also a
couple of resident ghosts.
The theatre began its life as a vaudeville
movie palace in 1926 when the six Rubens brothers formed the Royal Theatre
Company and desired to build a "Palace for the people.” Designed by the
Rapp & Rapp Architect firm of
Chicago, the opulent theatre, reflecting
Italian Renaissance, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Rococo, Venetian and Baroque
architecture, cost nearly two million dollars to build – a staggering
amount at the time. After two years of construction, the theatre opened on
May 24, 1926.
The day before its
grand premier, the Joliet Herald News described it:
"When the doors of the new Rialto open tomorrow,
have one of the finest theaters in the United States, as experts say
there is nothing to compare with it in any city of similar size, and
it stands on even terms with the modern motion picture palaces of
Chicago and New York."
The historic Rialto Theatre about the time of