Announces New Home
Read Chris Smith's article
in the Press Democrat HERE
Rialto Cinemas Proprietor Ky Boyd announced Sunday, April 29th that Rialto Cinemas has purchased Sebastopol Cinemas from Dave Corkill. Ky Boyd remarked, "We are thrilled to have found a new home and we can't wait to return to our core business of bringing the best films in the world to Sonoma County. Additionally, we are delighted to come off the road and have a permanent home in Sebastopol's vital downtown to continue bringing unique events like London's National Theatre Live, The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD as well as many of the special events that Rialto Cinemas has been home to throughout our history. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors and seeing all our movie-going friends again as well as our loyal National Theatre and Metropolitan Opera patrons."
Cinema West owner Dave Corkill stated "For ten years Rialto Cinemas was one of the nation's top 50 art houses and I think Sebastopol is really going to embrace them." Since 2000 the Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County (JCC) has presented its annual Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival at Rialto Cinemas venues. JCC Executive Director Beth Goodman stated "I remember the transformation Ky and his team achieved at the old Lakeside and I can't wait to see what they do in Sebastopol. We are thrilled to be bringing our 2012 film festival to their new location."
Rialto Cinemas will continue its role of presenting the best in independent, foreign, documentary and classic films as well as adding top quality mainstream and family films Sebastopol audiences are accustomed to as part of its film programming. In addition to movies, special big screen presentations will start immediately. Rialto Cinemas will be presenting encore performances of La Traviata from The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, on Wednesday, May 9th and again on Saturday, May 12th. The very successful radio show, This American Life, returns to the big screen on Thursday, May 10th with an all new edition of "This American Life Live! Things You Can't Do On The Radio" featuring exclusive content that will not be featured in the popular public radio broadcasts. On Monday, May 14th the new documentary "Wagner's Dream," which premieres this week at the Tribecca Film Festival, will screen. Shot over five years, Susan Froemke's documentary captures the unprecedented challenges of bringing Robert Lepage's electrifying production of The Metropolitan Opera's new Ring Cycle to life. "Wagner's Dream" will be followed by encore presentations of all four Ring Cycle operas between May 16th and 30th.
June will bring The Met Opera Summer Encores as well as the return of National Theatre Live with encore presentations of Danny Boyles' acclaimed new production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and the National Theatre's newest Broadway import, One Man Two Guvnors for which star James Corden is being talked about as a potential Tony Award nominee.
Voted Sonoma County's Best Movie Theatre for eleven consecutive years by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian, Rialto Cinemas was the first movie theatre in Sonoma County to receive an Indy (now a Boho) award for enhancing the cultural life of the county. Rialto Cinemas and Proprietor Ky J. Boyd, have been honored by the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Rosa City Council for their commitment to presenting a diverse array of programming and being a vital community asset.