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Our Story

Rialto Cinemas Lakeside opened on January 14, 2000. Dedicated to providing a year-round venue for independent, foreign and classic films, we chose a spirit line to reflect that mission, "Bringing the Best Films in the World to Sonoma County."
In 2001, The Northern California Bohemian (formerly the Sonoma County Independent) recognized the significant role the theatre plays in Sonoma County's cultural landscape and awarded it an Indy Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, the first time the award, now renamed The Boho, was ever given to a Sonoma County movie theatre.
In 2004, Face to Face selected proprietor Ky Boyd and the theatre for inclusion in its 20th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit titled "Brought to Light: Faces of Selfless Giving" in recognition of the on-going relationship between the theatre and Face to Face. The portrait of Ky was photographed by John LeBaron.
In 2005, the theatre was honored by the Sonoma County Mayors' Committee On Employment of People with Disabilities with the award for Innovative Media or Technology for a promotional screening of presented by the theatre for the film "Murderball" in which over 100 tickets were given to people with disabilities, including many who use wheelchairs. Both the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma County and California State Legislature presented certificates of recognition of this event and award.
In 2010, the readers of the North Bay Bohemian voted Rialto Cinemas Lakeside Sonoma County's Best Movie Theatre for the 10th consecutive year.
In May, 2010 Rialto Cinemas Lakeside will receive special City of Santa Rosa Recognition-Ky Boyd will be honored by the City of Santa Rosa for all he has done for the community with the Rialto!