The Rialto

January 2018


The Rialto was an operating theater on Bozeman’s Main Street for years. In the 1920s, it featured silent films. In the later decades of the 20th Century, it screened documentaries, feature films and classics. Then, in 2005, it closed its doors and sat shuttered until 10 years later when a new owner vowed to restore the grand theater and bring it up to date as a music and events venue. Today, the Rialto is back, welcoming musicians, artists and private parties.

Services Provided





design team

collaborating ArchitectFernau + Hartman
Interior DesignThinktank design group

About The Project



Rehabilitating The Rialto and transforming it into a music and events venue in the heart of downtown Bozeman came with some challenges. The physical location along Main Street was a tight site in which to operate. Because of the building’s age, there were numerous steps we had to take to ensure it would stand strong. We lowered the floor and added concrete and steel as support for the Rialto as well as neighboring buildings. In January 2018, the venue reopened to a sold-out crowd. The Rialto is locally owned and committed to ensuring high-quality experiences for its guests.