Originally a neighbourhood movie theatre, the Rialto Theatre was built in 1923-1924 according to plans by Montreal architect Raoul Gariépy. The Beaux Arts façade was inspired by the Paris Opera while the neo-baroque interior features a rich décor signed Emmanuel Briffa. The Rialto Theatre was designated as a Historical Monument by the City of Montreal in 1988 and by the Government of Quebec in 1990, and also as National Historic Site of Canada in 1993.
A word from the owner
The Theatre Rialto is one of Montreal’s most iconic buildings. Its graceful proportions and elegant details are a delight to behold. Our purchase of this heritage property in March of 2010 was made with the full knowledge that we are acting as custodians of the Rialto Theatre for the community at large and that we have a responsibility to restore and protect its unique architecture.
Beyond the bricks and mortar we have also given ourselves the mission to embolden and enliven the content and the programming available at the Rialto Theatre. For too long the theatre laid dormant and unused, which is why we fully intend to reanimate and revitalize it. We see the Rialto as a centre for the performing arts: open and inclusive, multilingual and multicultural, grounded in the present yet not afraid to wink at the past. We will give a platform to the emerging artists of the Montreal area, with a specific focus on Mile End, as well as the entire province of Quebec.
The Rialto Theatre has many friends and will need many more to flourish and thrive in the years ahead. We are eager to take on this challenge and put the Rialto Theatre back in business!
– Ezio Carosielli