For the first time in decades, an epic event is being held at the historic Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena and is open to the public. Vintage Valentine at the Rialto, is a formal, retro-style gala presenting a magical evening of Old Hollywood Romance. It will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The Rialto is highly featured in the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone film La La Land which won seven Golden Globes and is nominated for thirteen Academy Awards.
The Rialto Theatre, built in 1925 was originally designed for a full scale vaudeville audience of 1200. It then became a movie theatre, and home to The Rocky Horror Picture Show for many decades before being shut down in 2007. However, it’s still widely recognizable in film. This event will feature Johnny Holiday, nephew of Bing Crosby as the MC along with the Johnny Holiday Dance Orchestra, who are regularly seen at the Cicada Club in DTLA. Swell tricks, high kicks, and general monkeyshine will roll us into the classic Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain featuring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’ Connor. This will be the first time in ten years that an audience will be able to see a movie at the Rialto.
Vintage Valentine at the Rialto is presented in cooperation with Friends of the Rialto, Friends of Rockhaven and Lanigan Creative Media with private sponsorship from Crescenta Valley Town Council member, Leslie Dickson and the Dickson Family. All proceeds for this event will benefit Friends of the Rialto who are working to reopen this majestic theater as a thriving performing arts center, and Friends of Rockhaven who are working to reopen the historic Rockhaven Sanitarium.
Says Leslie Dickson, “At a time when our future is uncertain, it’s important, now, more than ever, that we ensure the future of the Arts. Both The Rialto and Rockhaven will give a safe home to creativity and inspiration.
Rockhaven Sanitarium was founded in 1923 as a dignified sanitarium for women with “mild mental and nervous disorders” run exclusively for women, and owned by a women (a rarity at the time). Many have called it America’s first feminist sanitarium. Rockhaven became popular among the Hollywood elite including Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Eley, as well as actress Billie Burke, and many other actresses and entertainers. Abandoned in 2006, the decaying property stood in peril until recently. Friends of Rockhaven is now working with The City of Glendale to open the property to the public as a park, museum, and unique arts and retail space.
For more information visit:
Vintage Valentine at the Rialto- www.VintageValentine.org
Friends of the Rialto- www.FriendsOfTheRialto.org
Friends of Rockhaven- www.FriendsOfRockhaven.org