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Going to the Rialto Theater in old-time Phoenix - 1944


Let's go watch a movie. It's 1944, we're in Phoenix, Arizona, and I want to go to the Rialto Theater, which is at 37 W. Washington (Washington between Central and 1st Avenue).

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They're showing "Sherlock Holmes vs. Charlie Chan" so it looks like it will be pretty good. That Basil Rathbone is pretty good as Sherlock Holmes, I wonder if anyone else will play the part in the movies, or on TV? I'm not really a big fan of Charlie Chan, but I'm sure it'll be fine.

At the Rialto Theater in the 1940s, 37 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona

Besides, it really doesn't matter to me. I've got my eye on one of the cute girl ushers. See the pretty one? No, not that one, the one next to her. Yeah, right. I watch a movie every time a new one comes to the Rialto, and I think she's starting to notice me. I even comb my hair sometimes!


OK, here I am, over by Otto Schmeider Jeweler's. I can see you standing over there by Marie's Sandwich Shop. Over here! Pay attention! And where did you get that hat?