The original design of the Rialto by Oliver P. Dennis in 1917 was in the Colonial style. In 1919, Sid Grauman assumed operation of the theater, and in 1923 hired William L. Woollett to redesign the interior. The exterior received a radical remodel at this time, removing all traces of the original facade in favor of a more restrained Beaux Arts style. This renovation also placed Neo-classical ornamentation at the roofline, but a later remodel removed this.
May 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
August 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.
Photos from the Darren Snow collection.
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