AKA: Rialto Building and Theater, Butte, MT; Fox Rialto Theatre, Butte, MT

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Ryan, Henderson, Architect (firm); Henderson Ryan (architect/building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1917

4 stories

10 South Main Street
Downtown, Butte, MT 59701-1710

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Seattle architect Henderson Ryan (1856-1927) created the design for this four-story office and theatre building in the then-booming copper town of Butte, MT. Ryan would later adapt this design for the Neptune Office Building and Theatre in the University District of Seattle, WA, in 1921-1922. The duo of Claude Jensen and John von Herberg, proprietors of a Seattle-based movie exhibition chain that stretched across WA, OR and MT, commissioned the Rialto from Ryan, with whom they had worked many times. The Fox West Coast theatre chain operated the Rialto for 35 years, from 1930-1965, when it shut down. Ryan also designed Butte's People's Theatre.

The Rialto seated 1,600 patrons and opened in 1917.

The Rialto Theater designed for Claude Jensen and John Von Herberg, opened in May of 1917. The building was demolished in the 1960’s and replaced by a bank.

Demolished; the Rialto was razed in the 1960s, to make way for a bank.

PCAD id: 18322