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Community clean-up at Rialto Theatre

DENISON, TX -- The new owners of an old theater in downtown Denison are giving you a chance to help rebuild a piece of history.

"It was built in 1920. We found several business cards and candy wrappers from the 1930s and 20s and things like that."

One of the first movies Greg Guymon remembers seeing in the Rialto was Jaws in 1975.

Now, the Guymon family wants to bring back that "going to the movies" feeling.

"I enjoy the entertainment business. You know, music and movies, and the fact that we can bring both of those here in the process it's going to be fun," Guymon said. "My brother Garrett, has been in the entertainment industry, been on the road, it's time for him to be off the road and come on home. It's an endeavor that we are bother happy to be involved with."

The Guymons have been working on breaking down walls, hammering nails, and putting up a new movie screen for six months now. It's getting close to the end of construction and fans of the Rialto are getting excited.

"It blossomed actually, we mentioned it to a couple of people and there are so many people that are looking forward to the Rialto being open , that they've volunteered to come and help us do a clean up day," Guymon said.

The new owners invite anyone, who wants to come help, sweep up the dust, to come out Saturday.

Downtown Denison Director, Donna Dow, says the extreme makeover on the Rialto is going to give Main Street the boost it needs.

"It's very exciting, because I think it's going to bring a lot of traffic to downtown. They are going to be doing movies and music and that's something that people want to come to," Dow explained.

The Rialto hopes to open the freshly painted theater just in time for Valentine's Day.


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