Imagining the Rialto…

Sep 10, 2012

Wouldn’t it be great if this were available right around the corner?

Yesterday I took my family to see a special screening of Secret of the Wings at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Secret of the Wings is the latest in Disney’s Fairies franchise, and I can’t imagine a more magical setting for a screening than the majestic El Capitan.
Unless, of course, it could be at our very own Rialto Theatre.
Naysayers love to insist that glamorous old movie palaces aren’t practical, that people would rather stay at home and watch their Blue Rays than go sit in a theater, especially an old theater.
Well, the sold-out show at El Capitan yesterday is just one example of how wrong those naysayers can be. (I’ve covered many other success stories of renovated movie palaces in my Rialto series on Patch right here and here.)
When the curtain rose yesterday, illuminated by dozens of glimmering lights every bit as whimsical as fairy dust, Little Bit said, “This place is more special than any other building in the world! Will we ever have a theater like this at home?”
I don’t know. I hope so.
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