Marquee Madness

A little levity to lighten these nutty COVID-19 times …

Weekly, we’re changing the marquee, matching an event (or movie release) to the date and a relevant movie quote.  We hope it lends a little humor to your days, as you drive by our door.

28 Sep – RIP Notorious RBG 2020-09-28.  America lost an icon this week with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When asked how she’d like to be remembered she said “… as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability”. There’s no doubt she achieved her goal. Rest in Peace RBG.

21 Sep – Not All Treasure Is Silver And Gold.  Today The Historic Rialto celebrates ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ with Capt Jack Sparrow! We think good health is a treasure these days, but silver & gold helps!  Enjoy a pirate joke: “How much does it cost for a pirate to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer!” ..  We didn’t say a good joke!

14 Sep – Governor Please Give Us An Audience. “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” That’s what we’re doing at The Rialto! We really appreciate the Governor working hard to keep North Carolinians safe, but feel a bit neglected in the recent openings, so we ask, please give us an audience!

07 Sep – As You Wish.  The Historic Rialto celebrates one of it’s favorite movies this week – The Princess Bride. It’s very fitting that our hero wore a mask. When asked ‘why’ his response was ‘that they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future’ – if only he knew!

31 Aug – No Close Encounters of Any Kind.  We’re hanging in there and refraining from any Close Encounters, to bring that curve down and to bring you back into our theatre! Thanks to everyone for your support and donations to the Historic Rialto. It reminds us that ‘We are not alone’ – in fact we’re all in this together!

24 Aug – Only Love Can Save The World.  This week a Wonder Woman quote helps us celebrate Women’s Equality Day and reminds us to be kind to everyone. A great way to commemorate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment is to verify your voter registration status so that we may all exercise our constitutional rights.

17 Aug – Don’t Panic!! We should have grabbed a copy of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and a towel!) and hitched a lift on a mission to Mars to escape this virus! Failing that, according to Ford Prefect, ‘Time is an illusion’. Perhaps we’ll all wake up, and it never happened!

10 Aug – We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes.  This week we’re celebrating the birth of ‘The Master of Suspense’, Alfred Hitchcock and the upcoming 60th anniversary of his masterpiece PSYCHO. We agree with Sir Alfred that ‘The length of the film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder’!
Aug 03 – I’ll Have A Glass Of That.  We remember Marilyn Monroe who died this week in 1962 and the invention of champagne which was apparently this week in 1693! Marilyn loved champagne and would have agreed with Perignon’s cry ‘Come quickly, I’m tasting the stars!’ We hope we’ll see stars on The Rialto screen soon!
Jul-27  What’s Up Doc.  ‘Sssshhh … be vewy vewy quiet …’ Bugs Bunny is 80 today! His official debut was in an 8 minute animated comedy short called A WILD HARE which was an instant hit. The Historic Rialto Theatre is nearly as old – it started life as a movie theatre 78 years ago! That’s all folks!
Jul-20 But Oh To Be Free.  Celebrating Robin Williams birthday this week. Our marquee is his plea, as the Genie, to be released from the magic lamp in the movie Aladdin. In Williams’ own words ‘You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.’ Stay safe but don’t lose your spark!
Jul-13 Nothing Shocks Me I’m A Scientist.  In honor of Harrison Ford’s birthday, our marquee is a Dr Indiana Jones quote, which seems appropriate to all scientists! Why not enjoy a Harrison Ford marathon this week and remember ‘It’s not the years honey. It’s the mileage’. Let’s hope we’ve all got many miles left!
Jul-04  They Don’t Let Us Out Much.  Happy July 4th! Our marquee this week quotes Lead Scientist Dr Okun, who spends his time locked away with an alien, in the movie Independence Day. Sound familiar to anyone? In the words of President Whitmore ‘We’re going to survive’!
Jun-28. It’s Life Captain, But Not As We Know It.  We guess we’re not boldly going anywhere at the moment, but Mr Spock’s advice ‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few’ certainly rings true and matches our state directive to wear masks. Everyone at The Historic Rialto hopes you ‘Live Long and Prosper’!
Jun-20 Hakuna Matata.  A favorite Father’s Day film, THE LION KING, is the theme for this week’s marquee at The Rialto! Mufasa’s love & guidance shows the best of what it means to be a father. It’s been tough lately but we hope all you Dads have ‘no worries’ at least for one day! Happy Father’s Day!
Jun-15 Where there is Love there is Life. The epic masterpiece GANDHI is our inspiration for this week’s marquee. During this pandemic the value of life and love has been highlighted in a way none of us could have imagined. Mahatma Gandhi was right, love is the power of the universe.
Jun-08 The Knights Who Say NI. A shrubbery is ALL the Knights who say “NI” needed, to let Arthur to pass on his quest for the Holy Grail – it’s a shame a shrubbery isn’t the answer to COVID-19! We’ll remain the keepers of the sacred words NI, Ping & Nee-womm – just in case!!


Jun-01 We Shall Never Surrender. This week The Historic Rialto remembers the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Dunkirk (May 26th – June 4th 1940). During the COVID-19 pandemic we felt that the words of Winston Churchill, quoted in the movie Dunkirk, were very appropriate …

May-26 Always Look on The Bright Side of Life. We may not be able to open The Historic Rialto doors just yet, but in the words of Monty Python, it’s ‘just a flesh wound’. We’ll be back as soon as it’s ‘armless to do so!! In the meantime
May-18 Life will find a way. Jurassic Park is this week’s theme at The Rialto! So … “Hold Onto Your Butts” until the Governor gives us the go-ahead to reopen! We’ll let you know as soon as we have firm dates & times for our weekend screenings of Jurassic Park, Jaws & Back to the Future. In the meantime …
May-11 A Whole New World
Unlike Aladdin we may not be able to “Show You the World” at the moment, but as soon as it’s safe to open we’ll be showing you what it used to look like! In the meantime The Historic Rialto’s marquee says it all …
May-05 Revenge of the Fifth
Today we continue our Star Wars theme as well as wishing everyone a Happy Cinco de Mayo.
May-04 May The Fourth Be With You
From everyone at The Historic Rialto Theatre – our wish to you on ‘Star Wars Day’ …
Apr-28 Groundhog Day. This week it feels like Groundhog Day … again! Rita: “What did you do today?” Phil: “Oh, same-old, same-old” At The Rialto we ask you to keep on doing the same things – Staying Safe, Staying Healthy and Being Kind!
Apr-20 ET Stay Home. We’re sure that ET would agree with all of us here at The Rialto – now is not the ideal time for a visit! For those of you already here, please phone home to check on family and friends! Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Be Kind!
Apr-13 We’ll be Back. Arnie’s famous quote sums up how we all feel at The Historic Rialto! In the meantime please, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Be Kind!
Apr-07 To The Front Door and Not Beyond. Here at The Historic Rialto, we hope that Woody and Buzz Lightyear will be ‘infinitely’ forgiving of a little poetic license on our latest marquee! Stay safe, stay healthy, be kind!
Mar-31 No Place Like Home. We may not be able to screen any movies at the moment but we thought you may enjoy the occasional quote from some of our favorite films! Starting with Dorothy:
Mar-20 Stay Safe. After much deliberation, the Rialto Theatre has temporarily suspended operations in an attempt to support the health and well-being of the local community and with particular concern for at-risk groups.