Denison’s Rialto

The Rialto Theater on Main Street in Denison opened on August 4, 1920, and was hailed as “Theater Beautiful.” Talkies debuted at the theater in 1929, with Madge Bellamy and Louise Dresser in Mother Knows Best. In 1932, the Interstate Circuit took control and three years later spent $10,000 to renovate the house with a new box office, awnings, carpet, screen, seats and drapes.

Art Talk

The 29th Annual Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival produced by the Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s theater department begins June 20 and runs through July 19. Guys and Dolls, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and The Complete History of America (abridged) will run at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at 1614 North First Street and The Montgomery Auditorium at 1405 North Fourth Street in Durant.

Art Talk Spring ’08

Bring color into your spring! Join Texoma Living!, the Denison Arts Council and the Denison Chamber of Commerce for the 11th Annual Spring Art Tour on Historic Main Street. One of the largest art events in north Texas, the Denison tour takes place twice annually in the fall and the spring.

Booking on Success

Under the assault of national chains, big box retailers, and Internet discounters, local bookshops in many parts of the country are closing their doors and saying goodbye to devoted customers. In Denison and Sherman, three local bookstores, Epiphanies, Ex Libris, and The Book Rack have bucked the trend and kept their doors open, and Texoma bibliophiles are glad for it.