Rialto Theater in downtown Tucson, Arizona

The Rialto Theater was built in 1919 and now sits on the National Register of Historic Places. As you can see from the photos and mural, some big bands play at what was originally a movie and Vaudeville theater. Read more at Wikipedia.

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Upcoming shows at the Rialto Theater at the time I took this photo (December 26, 2009) included Clusterfck Dance Party and Sonic Youth. Clusterfck Dance Party is a dance party and “a post-modern mish mash of rock-n-roll subculture” (more information about that event).

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Artist Joe Pagac (University of Arizona graduate) painted this mural to advertise the upcoming Sonic Youth show on January 4, 2010. The mural faces the theater parking lot, and busy Toole Avenue. According to Joe’s website, other clients include Trader Joe’s and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. He also traveled through India and Southeast Asia teaching art and English to children.

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Tucson is a great city for bicycling. The City of Tucson provides on-street bike parking at several locations around town, including downtown in front of the Rialto Theater. There are even four parking spaces for motorcycles.

I’m still uploading photos from my day trip to Tucson, but the rest are on my Flickr. Check out the bike boulevard on University Boulevard at Stone Avenue.

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About Steven Vance

Enthusiast for urbanism, bicycling as transportation, and open data. Building a bicycle culture in Chicago.
  • http://dottiebrackett.com Dream Dottie

    I got excited when I saw the Sonic Youth sign and assumed the Rialto was in Chicago. That’s okay, I just saw them a few months ago :)

    • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

      I don’t know anything about Sonic Youth, except that I recalled the name. I knew then others might be interested in seeing these photos (even if the dates of the shows don’t really match up with the date on which I posted them).

      I took the photo of the mural for two reasons: 1) Again, Sonic Youth is featured, and 2) What a beautiful way to advertise for a show.

      I love seeing all the murals across Pilsen. They’re on almost every street. There were two artists painting a mural of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ on a tall wall across the street from the apartment I was moving into at that very moment.

  • http://letsgorideabike.com dottieCHI

    I got excited when I saw the Sonic Youth sign and assumed the Rialto was in Chicago. That's okay, I just saw them a few months ago :)

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  • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

    I don't know anything about Sonic Youth, except that I recalled the name. I knew then others might be interested in seeing these photos (even if the dates of the shows don't really match up with the date on which I posted them).

    I took the photo of the mural for two reasons: 1) Again, Sonic Youth is featured, and 2) What a beautiful way to advertise for a show.

    I love seeing all the murals across Pilsen. They're on almost every street. There were two artists painting a mural of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ on a tall wall across the street from the apartment I was moving into at that very moment.