Hanging in the Balance

Mar 19, 2012

Expert structural engineer Michael Krakower will offer the city of South Pasadena a report today regarding the safety of the historic Rialto sign. (LA Times blog got a few facts wrong — Landmark Theaters leases but does not own the Rialto, for example — but you can read more about the latest in the saga in the Times story here.) I say, let’s make sure we do whatever it takes to keep the Rialto sign safely in place. Then, let’s use this as a starting point to finally bring this grand movie palace back to life.

My regular readers have seen most of the following links already, but for newbies:

Read my history of the Rialto Theater, including my historical photo slideshow at Patch here.

Read my analysis of other historic theaters that have been successfully revitalized at Patch here, and make sure to watch the included portion of my longer film project: The Rialto: Remembered and Imagined.

Read my plea to leaseholder Landmark Theaters to help us save our beloved movie palace here, and my follow up here.

Join others who want to make sure the Rialto is saved, restored and reopened by signing up with Friends of the Rialto at the website here or on the Facebook page here.

Let Landmark Theaters know that since they have the power — and the keys to the place — we really, really, really need their help to save the Rialto. You can write them online here or send mail to:

Customer Service

Landmark Theatres
2222 South Barrington Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90064.

We don’t have to go all Network on them. I really believe once Landmark knows how important the Rialto is to South Pasadena as well as greater Los Angeles, we’ll have something more along the lines of this

Stay tuned for more as this develops.

Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena



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