24 Central Ave E|
New London MN
|Record #23481 |
Capacity: 230 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Ideal, Rialto|
Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.
Built in 1921 for $6,000, this theater was used for plays, silent movies, concerts, dances and lodge meetings. When Ideal Movies bought the venue in 1929, the weekend movie schedule was augmented by graduations, dances, roller skating and sporting events. Seats were added in a 1944 remodeling by the owners of the Rialto Theater. A succession of owners contined showing movies until 1970, when the city sponsored a renovation that kept the cinema running until 1986. At this time, the local school district bought the theater for use as a playhouse. When the fire marshall declared the building unsafe in the 1990's, a fund drive was begun to raise $70,000 to refurbish the theater. Little Crow Players Inc., a non-profit organization, continues to raise funds to bring the theater up to code.
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Last featured 9/23/2003. Last edited 1/11/2017.