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Well, they haven't turned on us yet! 19 Aug 2001 14:08 #1943

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Press Democrat
Thursday August 16, 2001

Rialto theater

EDITOR: Within the past few years, no event, in my opinion, has enhanced the cultural climate of Sonoma County as has the advent of the Rialto Cinema on Summerfield Road at Montgomery Drive. Finally, there is a wonderful alternative to the usual Hollywood fare of sensationalistic sex and gratuitous violence.


Looking for something intelligent, charming, delightful, engaging, challenging? We no longer have to drive to San Francisco, because odds are, you'll find it at one of the films showing at the Rialto. No, I don't think that every film offered there is wonderful, but certainly the majority are.


For those of you who are tired of Hollywood's unending stream of bombast, look no further than the Rialto for a truly refreshing alternative. And it is locally owned and operated.


JOE ZONDLO
Santa Rosa

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Re: Well, they haven't turned on us yet! 19 Aug 2001 14:23 #1944

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Press Democrat Readers' Choice Awards

Sunday, August 6th 2001

MOVIE THEATERS

1. Roxy

2. Rialto

3. Pacific's Rohnert Park 16

The battle for best movie house nearly turned into a David-and-Goliath classic as the newest of the new, the Roxy -- all dressed up in stadium seating and digital sound -- barely squeaked by the Rialto, the daring underdog indie art house that continues to make the most of outdated seats and limited technology.

Roxy owner Dan Tochinni is doing so well in his new two-story Santa Rosa digs, he recently took over the former UA6 on Third Street to add six more screens to his downtown monopoly.

These days, his only fear should be putting his other theater, the Airport 8, out of business (remember what happened to Pacific's Petaluma 8?).

Not quite the newfangled creation it was when it opened three years ago, Pacific's Rohnert Park 16 earned a third-place nod.

(We lost by 8 votes.)

Ian
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Re: Well, they haven't turned on us yet! 19 Aug 2001 19:03 #1945

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You go guys! We knew it all along! Unbelievable! It's nice to be recogized for what you do.
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Congratulations! Good Job! Keep Up The Good Work!
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Re: Well, they haven't turned on us yet! 23 Aug 2001 18:10 #1947

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Screen Gems


Dream team: Ky Boyd and Ian Price--lords of the North Bay art-house scene

Rialto Cinemas Lakeside

"If it's playing everywhere else, it's definitely not playing here--that's our unspoken motto," says Ky Boyd, who with partner Ian Price last year transformed the aging Lakeside movie theater in Santa Rosa into a haven for nonmainstream movie buffs.

The old black decor, neon, and video games are gone--replaced by upgraded sound and projection, Tuscany-inspired colors in the lobby (with a mural, bedecked with golden hills and vineyards, painted by Boyd's cousin), and a small cafe.

Sticking to their niche of independent, foreign, and classic movies, the two men have proved to skeptics that there is indeed a local audience for a five-screen art house.

"We were amazed at how quickly the whole county embraced our theater and our programming," says Boyd, adding that attendance is up 40 percent over last year. "People used to drive to San Francisco and Berkeley to see films that tell stories and are a little offbeat."

Boyd, 36, says he and Price are currently mulling over opening a second theater, in Petaluma. "It's a kind of down-the-road project," he explains. "We're researching whether the county could support it."

The Rialto also excels in working with community groups. The theater sets up screenings on a regular basis for nonprofit organizations, such as the Jewish Film Series, a KRCB public radio film series, and a Gay Men's film series with Face to Face. "We're very much into being part of the community," says Boyd.

The two men are grateful to the Rialto's loyal following. "It's been really rewarding to start a business the community really embraces," explains Boyd, adding that in the wake of so many theater closures, anxious patrons routinely ask if the Rialto will be next.

"It's touching," says Boyd. "But we're here for the long haul."--Paula Harris
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