Rio / Vigilante Theatre
335 N. Main • Opened Dec. 25, 1934

1890 Building remodeled by Helena Architect Sigvald Berg -- Still Standing


Building at 335 N. Main, circa 1895
Seen from the northeast


COLLECTION OF KENNON BAIRD



 

Rio Theater Grand Opening, Christmas Day 1934

Among many other projects, Helena architect Sigvald Berg (1894-1985) also designed his home at 711 Monroe Avenue. In 1957 he designed a new wing for St. Peter's Hospital (on Logan), and in in 1960, the remodeling of Globe Clothing.

 

Rio Theater, June 1935


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW

 

Rio Theatre, May 1937


COLLECTION OF TED KIRKMEYER, COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

 

Rio Theater Interior


COURTESY OF THE DAVID POOR COLLECTION • CLICK ON IMAGE TO OPEN A BIG VIEW IN A NEW WINDOW


May, 1937


COLLECTION OF TED KIRKMEYER, COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW



Two Views of the Rio Theater Marquee, September 1936


COLLECTION OF TED KIRKMEYER, COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

 


COLLECTION OF TED KIRKMEYER, COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

 



Promotional Float, 1937


COLLECTION OF TED KIRKMEYER, COURTESY OF TOM MULVANEY CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

Both movie theaters and vaudeville/roadshow houses would put together such floats (often featuring pretty girls) and drive them around town to promote their offerings.



The Rio Becomes the Vigilante, 1952

The Rio operated until about 1946. In 1952, the facility reopened as the Vigilante Theatre. The Vigilante ran movies as well as providing a venue for religious revivials and other events. The theatre closed for good about 1959. Untouched by 1970s "Urban Renewal", the building has housed numerous businesses over the years.



The Building in 2015


COURTESY OF TOM KILMER


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