Rialto Square Theatre
The Rialto Square Theatre is a theater in the Joliet, Illinois ( U.S.) suburb of Chicago. Opening in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses mainly musicals, plays, concerts, and standup comedy.It is also available for public and private functions. Designed in the Neo-Baroque style, it is considered one of "150 great places in Illinois" by the American Institute of Architects.

Description
Inside Rialto Square Theatre, which opened in 1926 and underwent a restoration in the 1980s, shining scagliola columns rise into a celestial dome full of intricate sculptures. A Duchess chandelier dominates the rotunda. Cream-colored marble walls line the lobby and cherubim flutter into the auditorium. The lobby’s marble walls were polished by Conrad Schmitt Studios, the same company that did major restoration work at the Rialto in 1980. The black marble base on the walls of the esplanade, fashioned after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in France, has been polished, as has the elegant red, pink and gray scagliola above the base. C.W. and George Rapp designed the Rialto Square Theatre in 1924, and the theatre opened May 24, 1926, featuring the production "The Evolution of Joliet". The first talking picture at the Rialto was shown on October 9, 1928, with Lights of New York. In 1953 stereophonic sound was installed in the theatre. In 1972 a campaign to "Save the Rialto" was initiated and led by Miss Dorothy Mavrich. As the campaign became more organized the group became known as the Rialto Square Arts Association. Assisted by local businessman Christo Dragatsis, Miss Maverich began to garner support from City, State, and Federal Officials. In the meantime, a student campaign began at a local High School, Joliet Township High School East Campus, under the direction of ROTC Cadet Lt. Colonel Don Probst who joined with Miss Mavrich in starting preliminary work towards the restoration. Mr. Probst helped organize student volunteers to repaint dressing rooms, clean the theatre, and act as ushers for some of the initial shows before major restoration began. Among these were "Hasting and Hays On Love" featuring soap opera stars Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays, presented at the 51st Anniversary Celebration held July 30 and July 31, 1977. It was at this time that The Rialto stage featured the choirs and Swing Groups from East, Central, and West Campuses as a joint tribute to the restoration and return to live stage productions. In 1978 the Rialto complex became public property and the Joliet Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority was established to provide leadership for the impending restoration of the theatre property. The Will County Cultural Arts Association, which sponsored the "Hastings and Hays on Love" concert was headed by President Dorothy Mavrich, 1st Vice President Eugene Gaskin, 2nd Vice President Dan Curtin, Secretary Sue Curtin, and Treasurer Dorothy Gross. The Board of Directors included Hal Carlson, Jan Challander, Marge Challander, Dan Cyrtin, Sue Curtin, Eugene Gaskin, Delores Gross, Matthew Gross, Chet Kondratowicz, Andrea Magosky, Brenda Merchant, Dorothy Mavrich, Robert Myers, Sue Revels, Bro. David O.F.M., Bob Russ, Rosemarie Sandenwater, Claudette Soltis, Richard Teas, Diane Wurzinger, and Vivian Ziech. Association Affiliates were Rob Calcaterra, Paul Lockwood, and Don Probst. The Rialto was the place where Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry held their wedding reception in the final episode of My Fair Brady . The theatre used to be home to the Rialto School of the Arts, an art, choir, and drama educational program for children. A Visual Arts Camp explored different media, tools, and techniques. A Choir camp was also offered, giving kids a chance to sing and dance, with a final performance on the magnificent Rialto Square Theatre stage. Children's Theatre Workshops were also offered at the theatre by Our Town Productions, a Downers Grove professional company.

Notable performers
  • The Beach Boys
  • Pat Benatar
  • BoDeans
  • Victor Borge
  • James Brown
  • Johnny Cash
  • Carol Channing
  • Ray Charles
  • Carrot Top
  • Tim Conway and Harvey Korman
  • Alice Cooper
  • Bill Cosby
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • The Charlie Daniels Band
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Tommy Dorsey
  • Duke Ellington
  • Sara Evans
  • Terry Fator
  • Bethenny Frankel
  • Mitzi Gaynor
  • Vince Gill
  • Gin Blossoms
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • The Guess Who
  • Bill Engvall
  • Jeff Foxworthy
  • Buddy Guy
  • Merle Haggard
  • Hanson
  • Herman's Hermits
  • Bob Hope
  • Bruce Hornsby
  • Engelbert Humperdinck
  • Jewel
  • B.B. King
  • Lisa Lampanelli
  • Jonny Lang
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
  • Jay Leno
  • Richard Lewis
  • Liberace
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Lonestar
  • Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Barbara Mandrell
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The Marx Brothers
  • Reba McEntire
  • Jo Dee Messina
  • Cesar Millan
  • Dennis Miller
  • Colin Mochrie
  • Anne Murray
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Wayne Newton
  • Ted Nugent
  • Dolly Parton
  • Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Lou Rawls
  • Burt Reynolds
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Jill St. John and Robert Wagner
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Sinbad
  • Red Skelton
  • Rick Springfield
  • Styx
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • The Three Stooges
  • Taylor Swift
  • Mel Tillis
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Ron White
  • Andy Williams
  • Steven Wright
  • Wierd Al Yankovic
  • Trisha Yearwood