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 historic Rialto Theatre about the time of