The Rialto Square Theater, one of the most memorable buildings, is a must-see for fans of history and live entertainment. Originally opened in 1926 as a vaudeville movie house, this opulent theater now hosts touring bands, lavish live theater performances and some of the biggest names in standup comedy.
With a place on The American Institute of Architecture’s list of “150 Great Places In Illinois”, this Neo-Baroque style building is jaw-dropping inside and out. Drawing inspiration from many popular European architectural styles, inside you’ll find a replica of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, sweeping grand staircases and a jaw dropping 22-foot tall crystal chandelier, known affectionately as “The Dutchess”. Inside the awe-inspiring auditorium, which still houses live theater and popular music throughout the year. You’ll also find a rare Barton Grande theater pipe organ, which still provides rich and authentic vaudeville sounds before each show.
Legends who graced this grand stage at the Rialto include Bob Hope, Red Skelton and The Marx Brothers, all of whom are now honored in a nearby silhouette sculpture.
The Rialto Square Theater
102 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432