Another topic got me to thinking about this artical that was written by John Beck of the Press Democrat about our theatre.
RIALTO CINEMAS LAKESIDE
551 SUMMERFIELD ROAD, SANTA ROSA
Simply put, this is the most enticing and thought-provoking refuge for independent film in Sonoma County. Other theaters may dabble in the occasional indie kickback, over-hyped foreign flick or weeknight tribute series, but the Rialto, which opened in January, screens quirky, ironic and satiric story-driven films around the clock, even delving into Japanimation and Spike and Mike's latest animation festival.
Refurbishing the run-down former Lakeside Cinemas, new owners have completely redone the lobby with spackled earth tones, rice-paper wrapped columns, hanging conical lamps, and cafe seating against a vineyard mural backdrop.
Picture: Intimate screening rooms offer small, consistently vivid screens even though the theaters aren't quite dark enough. Like the Pacific Petaluma, bright patterns of lights on the walls are distracting. Without buffer doors, light seeps in anytime people come and go. Overall, though, picture quality is bright and sharp.
Sound: It's a good thing the Rialto doesn't screen blockbusters, considering that several systems are meager. One theater offers Dolby digital, two offer stereo (Dolby and Ultra Sound) and two are very basic with only mono. But it shouldn't last for long, as the owners promise that sound upgrades are expected in June with new DTS and Dolby systems that will bring an end to mono.
Seating: Although the new owners went through each theater and refurbished many of the bad apples, occasional uncomfortable squeakers still abound. In several theaters it helps to try out several seats before settling on the right one. Auditoriums range from 120 to 304 seats.
Food: No place serves up a bountiful gourmet spread like the Rialto. Just sample the platter of toppings for your popcorn: hot sauce, soy sauce, lemon pepper, basil, parmesan cheese (the most often refilled) and brewer's yeast. Cookies baked fresh by Michelle Marie's bakery ($2.25). Lattes and cappuccinos ($3). Italian sodas (22 oz. $2.75) come in every flavor from Macadamia Nut to Caramel. Hardly the main attraction at the snack bar, the popcorn ($3.25-$4.25), cooked in canola oil, is light on the salt with robust, flowery kernels and plenty of crunch. Also, the Rialto is the only place I went to that offers REAL butter topping.
Handicapped facilities: Room for wheelchairs at the back of theaters, headsets for the hearing impaired are available at the ticket window.
Specialty nights: Tuesday all films $4.50.
Tickets: $7 general. $4.50 matinee. $4.50 children and seniors.
Phone: 525-4840 listings, 539-9771 business.
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Re: Articals about your Theatre
04 Sep 2000 15:16 #666