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Time Warped: RIP, Rialto Theatre

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Somewhere inside the archives of my storage closet resides one of those relics of yesteryear--a recordable audiocassette that, on one Saturday night about fifteen years ago, I stuck in my "boom box" and pressed down the play and record buttons together to capture the KROQ DJ giving his shout-outs to all the folks who'd just called in, including me and one of my partners-in-crime.

"And Lindsay and Laurie in La Crescenta are going to Rocky Horror at the Rialto!"

We screamed in teenaged glee and then applied another coat of mascara. We lived for midnight showings of the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Rialto in the early to mid-90s; it was a Saturday night tradition. (I celebrated the film's 30th anniversary on LAist at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005 with 17,000 of my closest fellow "Time Warp"-ers.) And this was just one of the many countless nights--and days--I would spend at the Rialto staring up at the screen, in a venue that has been home to movies for over eighty years.

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The Rialto closed for good yesterday, ushering in the end of an era. It is a loss that many of us will mourn. As LAist takes a look at the history of this historic movie house, I will also take this opportunity to say goodbye to one of the vital landmarks in my own personal history.

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