Square Theatre is a former Vaudeville movie palace built during
the "Golden Age" of movies. Debuting on May 24, 1926, the Rialto
was two years in the making at an approximate
cost of one and a half million dollars. Originally conceived as a Palace For
The People by the Rubens Brothers, the Rialto is now considered one of the
most beautiful theatres in the nation. The building reflects Italian Renaissance,
Roman, Greek, Rococo, Venetian and Baroque architecture.
The Esplanade, or inner
lobby, is designed after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles,
France. The arch between the Esplanade and the Rotunda area
has been carefully copied from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The elegant rotunda
is surrounded by eighteen Corinthian-style columns and surmounted by a dome
quite similar to the Pantheon in Rome.
There are over one hundred
crystal chandeliers and light fixtures throughout the Rialto. All are Czechoslovakian
crystal. Steuben glass, copper and bronze. Each piece of crystal was crafted
by the Victor S. Perlman Company, in Chicago. The magnificent chandelier in
the center of the Rotunda is called "The Duchess". It is one of
the largest crystal chandeliers in the United States. It weighs over two and
one half tons,
is nearly twenty-two feet long and has approximately two hundred fifty lights.
The Rialto serves
Joliet and the greater Chicagoland area as a performing arts center and hosts
or presents nearly one hundred events per year.
815.726.6600 (Box Office) for more information, or visit our web site at:
Jo Dee Messina
Weird Al Yankovic
Jill St. John
The Guess Who
Late Night Catechism
Cirque on Ice
and many more...
Become a S.T.A.R. and experience "Special
Treatment at the Rialto".
Our new program will grant you S.T.A.R. treatment from the moment you
join. This donor program offers you a closer relationship with the Rialto
Square Theatre through special services, opportunities and amenities.
For information, contact the Development Office at 815.726.7171 ext. 206,
YOU OWE IT
A SHOW AT THE
Rialto is Also
Available for Meetings,