|Original Jester Embellishment|
The Rialto was built in 1923-1924 by Montreal architect Louis-Raoul Gariépy, but the interior design was the work of Emmanuel Briffa, who designed 60 other Canadian movie palaces in the Louis the XVI style. Montrealers may remember more of Briffa's artistry at the Snowden, the Seville Theatre, the York and Cinema 5.
|Asbestos on the Original Curtain|
|Stained Glass Ceiling and the Original Colours|
|Angel Panels on Balcony|
The mandate of Carosielli and Sassano is to restore the theatre to its original colours. There are apparently 16 different shades of green and beige to replicate, and unfortunately, there is no cheap and easy way to do this. The pair is busy taking reservations, while pursuing renovation plans, one stage at a time.
After witnessing the beauty and acoustics of the Rialto, we have no doubt that in the near future it will once again become the venue of choice for Montrealers.
For further reading on the Rialto's history and future plans click here.
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