The Rialto Theatre

The Art & Soul of Florence, Colorado



Rialto Theatre Today

The historic Rialto Theatre in downtown Florence, Colorado is a two story brick structure which was built as an opera house in 1923 by Richard Elhage to provide an entertainment venue for traveling troupes, musicians, and performing stars of  the time.  

The opera house was built to seat almost 900 and was patronized by the many coal, gold, and silver miners,  plus the thousands of workers from quarries and the cement plant east of town. 




The historic theatre’s architecture is a late commercial Victorian style and is being restored to its early splendor.

The auditorium slopes toward the orchestra pit and stage, insuring fine seating on the main auditorium level, in the six box seats and the balcony.  Plaster detailing exists on pilasters and along the walls, and art nouveau style murals exist throughout the theatre’s walls and ceilings. 


Rialto Stage   


The stage, framed by an ornate proscenium (originally gold leafed), is elevated above the floor.  With wings on both sides of the stage, an existing 50’ fly tower and a large stage floor, the theatre is capable of supporting any type of performance.


Rialto Sign

The Rialto Theatre

209 W. Main Street

Florence, CO 81226

Phone: (719) 429-3882