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5723 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, QC, H2V 4H2
Canada

5142687069

ABOUT US

 
 

Originally a neighbourhood movie theatre, the Rialto Theatre was built in 1923-1924 according to plans by Montreal architect Raoul Gariépy. The Beaux Arts façade was inspired by the Paris Opera while the neo-baroque interior features a rich décor signed Emmanuel Briffa. The Rialto Theatre was designated as a Historical Monument by the City of Montreal in 1988 and by the Government of Quebec in 1990 as well as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1993.


OUR STORY

In March 2010, husband and wife duo Ezio Carosielli and Luisa Sassano purchased the iconic Rialto Theatre located at 5723 ave. du Parc with the intent of restoring it to its original beauty and grandeur. The Rialto Theatre is now an open, inclusive and multicultural center for performing arts that offers a platform for emerging local and international artists. It also serves as an event venue that hosts various private and corporate events including trade shows, conferences, product launches, holiday parties, galas, benefit concerts, fundraisers, cocktails, conventions, recognition & award shows, graduation balls, engagement parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, movie productions, photoshoots and more. Over 20,000 people walk through the Rialto’s doors every year to take part in tours of the theatre.

 In October 2012, a new opportunity arose with the purchase of 265 rue St-Jacques. This former CIBC headquarters was built between 1907 and 1909 when St-James St. – now rue St-Jacques – rivalled Wall Street. The building also housed the White Star Line company from 1909 to 1939 where travel tickets for the Titanic were sold. It is on the very steps of this building that friends and families gathered in the night of April 12, 1912 to inquire about the fate of the ship and its passengers. 

Crowned the St-James Theatre, Ezio and Luisa continue to renovate and restore the building to improve the quality of services and preserve the architectural beauty and charm of this magnificent building. Dedicated to hosting a variety of private and corporate events, the St-James Theatre has been transformed into one of Montreal's most prestigious and unique event venues.

Ezio and Luisa’s love for stunning architecture and historical buildings continued to grow with the addition of the Cartier Theatre to their group of unique venues. Located at 2330 rue Sainte-Catherine Est and named the Cartier Theatre for its proximity to the Jacques Cartier Bridge, they intend to restore the former church and transform it into a multi-purpose event venue. Similar to the Rialto and St-James Theatres, the Cartier Theatre will be dedicated to hosting private and corporate events, shows, expositions and more. Restoration works have already begun and the Cartier Theatre will be fully operational as of September 2019.


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Le propriétaire du Rialto crée le Théâtre St-James dans le Vieux-Montréal

Isabelle Paré | Le Devoir | 1 novembre 2012

"Amoureux des théâtres anciens, le propriétaire du théâtre Rialto vient de mettre la main sur le prestigieux édifice de l’ancienne Banque de commerce du Canada. Il entend en faire un lieu unique de diffusion artistique et d’événements spéciaux. Sauvé in extremis, l’immeuble du Vieux-Montréal, classé le 19 octobre dernier par le ministère de la Culture, a vu malgré tout une partie de son patrimoine dilapidé ou carrément détruit depuis sa vente en 2010." 

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Vieux-Montréal: le Théâtre Rialto achète l'Édifice CIBC

Hugo Joncas | Les Affaires | 26 octobre 2012

"Il a sauvé le Théâtre Rialto et dénoncé le «scandale des garderies libérales». Ezio Carosielli se paye aujourd'hui l’Édifice CIBC, un autre joyau patrimonial au 265, Saint-Jacques, l'ancienne rue des banques, dans le Vieux-Montréal."

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Un nouveau théâtre dans le Vieux-Montréal

Jean Siag | La Presse | 31 octobre 2012

"Les propriétaires du Théâtre Rialto, Ezio Carosielli et sa femme Luisa Sassano, viennent de faire l'acquisition de l'ancien siège social de la banque CIBC, dans le Vieux-Montréal, a appris La Presse. L'imposant édifice en pierre de la rue Saint-Jacques, construit en 1909 pour loger la Canadian Bank of Commerce, sera progressivement transformé en salle de spectacle et en lieu d'exposition. Depuis deux ans, il servait essentiellement de lieu de tournage. Il sera baptisé le Théâtre St-James."

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The Rialto's Resurrection

Marianne Ackerman | Montreal Gazette | October 22 2012

"The handover of a great passion from one man to another is rarely an easy time. The case of that downtrodden dowager the Rialto cinema may be an exception."

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Restauration complète - Cure de jeunesse pour le théâtre Rialto

Ève Lévesque | Le Journal de Montréal | 24 mars 2014

"Ezio Carosielli et sa conjointe Luisa Sassano considèrent avoir entre les mains une œuvre d’art géante. Après près de quatre ans de restauration intérieure, les propriétaires du Théâtre Rialto s’attaquent maintenant à la façade du bâtiment patrimonial, une dépense de 800 000 $."

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Future looks bright for Montreal's Rialto Theatre

Rachel Lau | Global News | May 10 2013

"The Rialto Theatre has a unique place in Canadian history and since it first opened its doors in 1924, it has been a key landmark on Parc Avenue in Montreal."

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Feu sacré

Odile Tremblay | Le Devoir | 13 novembre 2010

"J'avais trop tardé à rencontrer le nouveau propriétaire du théâtre Rialto, Ezio Carosielli. Restait à corriger le tir. L'homme d'affaires, d'origine italienne, a acquis le beau cinéma néobaroque en mars des mains d'Elias Kalogeras, qui avait sévi en détruisant des beautés d'époque au gré de ses fantaisies. Le nouveau maître de céans se démène pour lui redonner bientôt son lustre."

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