Rialto Reborn is a multipurpose entertainment venue, created with the vision to provide the people of Coventry and further adrift, a safe place to enjoy a friendly, fun night out.
Rialto Reborn is a newly refurbished Entertainments venue that is based in Coventry UK. We host all types of events from Tribute nights, Weddings, Comedy nights, Boxing events and much much more.
The capacity of our venue is 600 banquet style with a mix of round tables, 850 theatre style and 1200 -1500 standing. The Hall can also be sectioned off for smaller parties with a minimum capacity of 120 people. We also offer our inhouse state of the art sound and lighting, perfect for any events you might have in mind.
Our office is open between 9:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday please feel free to contact us for any enquiries.
A Bit Of History
Coundon’s own picture palace on Moseley Avenue was two years old when talkies arrived in 1930. Owner Charlie Orr had the two tier cinema designed by Coventry architects T.R.J.Meakin and Son with seating for 756 in the stalls and 275 in the circle and only silent films were shown at first. Musical accompaniment was provided by a small orchestra from Orr’s La Scala cinema – a pianist and two violins, with two double bass, trumpet, trombone and drums. Modernisation was carried out in 1936 when a ballroom was added to the complex with a row of shops at pavement level. It’s believed that a Compton three manual organ with Hawaiian guitar was installed at this time and was played by Leslie James until he moved to the Savoy cinema in Radford Road.
The Rialto became part of the Odeon circuit in 1939 when Orr sold the cinema as part of a five cinema package to Oscar Deutch. But the ballroom remained the ownership of Orr. The cinema itself was blitzed in November 1940, but ironically the ballroom survived and later became the Rialto Bingo Club. After the death of Orr in 1978 it was sold to Granada who continued the bingo enterprise.
The Rialto had fell into disarray for many years with businesses coming and going. For two years between 2006 and 2008, two small screens were set up in two shop units to form a revived Rialto Cinema.
2012 seen the venue completely rejuvenated when new owner Tudor Williams took the rains and set out plans to create a unique entertainment venue for the local people of Coventry and fittingly renamed the venue RIALTO REBORN. Initially using what was half of the original ball room with a capacity of 300 people. All kinds of events took place from weddings & celebrations to comedy nights, Boxing shows and regular Showtime Promotions music events headed by Dan Nelmes.
During 2016 Dan Nelmes, who was responsible for organising many of the successful events that had taken place between 2012 – 2016 took ownership of what was known as Rialto Reborn. Further works were carried out to the venue, opening up the original ball room to its full previous potential and essentially doubling the size of the hall. Renovating both male and female toilets to a good standard, adding an extra Bar area in the Hall, installing a kitchen area for catering, air conditioning and a state of the art sound and lighting system. The Rialto improves all the time and the public continue to support and enjoy this beautiful piece of Coventry’s History.