Remembering the Rialto

Photo courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle The same day that The Augusta Chronicle announced on its front page that Hollywood movie actress Grace Kelly was engaged to a prince in Monaco, “Our Town” columnist Chris Brady announced inches away on Page 1 that the Rialto was closing after more than 60 years as a movie theater. “The Rialto Theater, one of the city’s oldest movies houses, is going out of business,” Brady wrote in his column published Friday morning, January 6, 1956.  “Lack of customers.  Milton Newsom, city manager of the Imperial and Rialto, said the theater would close...

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