Rialto Theatre re-opens Valentines Day

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

DENISON, TX -- Dozens of people lined up hours early tonight in anticipation of the big re-opening of Denison's historic Rialto Theatre.

The smell of popcorn filled the air while hundreds of couples filled the seats to watch the 1980's classic "Dirty Dancing". Smiles lit up the newly renovated theatre after many had been long awaiting this night.

Debbie Foltermann and her valentine were so excited about the Rialto re-opening that they lined up hours early.

"5:30! Had to make sure we got a seat," Foltermann said.

Foltermann says she has lived in Denison all her life and the theatre holds a special place in her heart because it is full of memories.

"This is where we hung out. On Saturday they had children's shows from 8 to 12 and you'd get in on six pepsi cola lids, and it was a lot of fun," Foltermann said.

Rialto Co-owner Garrett Guymon agrees the historic theatre is one of a kind and was not surprised when the tickets sold like hot cakes.

"Denison keeps coming back out every time, you know they don't just go 'oh it's another theatre'. It's not," Guymon said.

Garrett Guymon and his brother Greg spent almost seven months cleaning and restoring the 1920s theatre and say the sleepless nights they spent working on it is all worth it now, especially after seeing the smiles that filled the venue.

"It's been a long time coming. Six months we've been working on it I guess, but it's gone by fast," Garrett said.

"Seeing it all come together since we walked in here that first day and started tearing stuff up, and just know that we've put a lot of hard work into it and we know that a lot of people are going to appreciate it," Greg said.

Greg Guymon says tonight is just the start of the Rialto's new beginning and hopes the theatre will bring more nights to remember.

"The thing I said about movies is it's a movie you may have seen a hundred times, but I think a movie is who you go see it with." Greg said.

Tickets for tonight's movie were two dollars each, and all that money was split between prize winners in the audience one male and one female.

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