It delights me to see that the Rialto actually participated in William Castle's cheesy "Emergo" gimmick which I assume was pronounced 'emerge - o' and not 'emer-go.' Here's what IMDB says: William Castle used a gimmick called "Emergo" in theaters. When the skeleton rises from the acid vat in the film, a lighted plastic skeleton on a wire appeared from a black box next to the screen to swoop over the heads of the audience. The skeleton would then be pulled back into the box as the skeleton in the film is "reeled in". Many theaters soon stopped using this "effect" because when the local boys heard about it, they would bring slingshots to the theater; when the skeleton started its journey, they would pull out their slingshots and fire at it with stones, BBs, ball bearings and whatever else they could find. Here's a delightful recreation of Emergo. Was William Castle a genius or what? It played for two weeks. March 12, 1959
About fourteen years ago, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA recreated the gimmicky 'Percept-O' for The Tingler in which some seats in the audience were given a mild shock. It actually worked quite well judging from the screams in the audience that night for those who were 'wired.' The rest of us laughed uproariously.
April 23, 1959
May 21, 1959.
June 25, 1959
Sleeping Beauty had already played the Brown Theatre on Broadway in Louisville when it moved to the Rialto at popular prices. This is the first new animated Disney release I remember seeing and I was pretty excited about it. I saw it at a drive-in and not in Technirama 70 (as advertised at the Brown -- the Rialto was apparently not yet outfitted for 70mm) or stereophonic sound, but I was just happy to see it. I had a Sleeping Beauty puzzle I put together many times. The added short subects were Nature's Strangest Creatures and Swimmer Take All. The former was a documentary short about Australia made by Disney but the second is a 1952 Popeye cartoon. Walt would not have been happy about that. July 23, 1959
According to IMDB, when Marilyn Monroe posed as Marlene Dietrich as Lola-Lola in Life Magazine, she was offered the role in the remake of The Blue Angel, but she wasn't interested. September 24, 1959.
T Joan Crawford is a big presence in the movie as an unhappy executive slamming down phones and telling people to go to hell. This is her first wide screen movie. It was also in stereo.
October 22, 1959
December 3, 1959
It's hard to say why they were showing The Rookie on New Year's Eve, a movie that would not arrive until a few weeks later. This was the second-to-last time the Rialto would exercise its New Year's Eve tradition of previewing an upcoming film. December 31, 1959
All articles and advertisements appeared in The Courier-Journal in 1959.