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A key element of Montréal’s architectural and cultural heritage, the Rialto Theatre has developed from a neighbourhood movie theatre into a vibrant centre for the performing arts with a particular focus on promoting emerging local artists.
The Rialto Theatre is a rare beauty: unassuming on the outside, majestic on the inside. Built in 1923-1924 and designed by Montréal architect Raoul Gariépy, the striking Beaux-Arts façade was inspired by the Palais Garnier, Paris Opera. The neo-baroque interior features a steep-pitch balcony, theatre boxes, and a lavish décor by Emmanuel Briffa, designer of over sixty Canadian movie houses.
Marble staircases, painted ceilings, gilded mouldings, and a Tiffany stained-glass dome adorn this former movie palace designated as a Historical Monument by the City of Montréal and the Government of Québec, and as National Historic Site of Canada.
In addition to presenting a full calendar of live entertainment in the main auditorium, the Rialto also offers halls of various sizes for private and corporate events, such as exhibitions, product launches, fundraisers, wedding receptions, galas and more. Rental includes tables, chairs and bar service, plus sound, lighting and projection systems and catering upon request.