The Rialto Story

Our Story

The story of the Rialto in Grayling is a story of the movie industry itself. Owned and operated by the same family since 1915, it was the first in a circuit of movie houses owned by brothers George Olson and W. James Olson. The Rialto stands as one of the oldest family-owned theaters in the United States- same family and same location.

Although steeped in tradition, the Rialto offers everything the modern movie fan could want. The theater offers luxurious rocking chair seating, and the latest in high-quality digital projection and sound. Film fans can always count on the latest Hollywood first-run blockbusters.

In addition, the theater plays host to a variety of cultural and community events. We pride ourselves in being actively engaged in all aspects of the Grayling business community as we celebrate 106 years of entertainment.

Happy Viewers

Why Choose Us

Loved the theater, it has so much history, the seats are comfortable, good price and new movies. Will definitely be back.

-Shawne Sheldon

Amazing historical theater. Good prices for tickets, food and drinks. Very friendly owners. If you are in Grayling then you need to see a show here.

-Andrew Love

Great theater! VERY COMFORTABLE seats, sound is excellent too!

Doug and Deb McDonald

I wish they had 6+ stars. What a gem of a theater! We even got to sit in the balcony. Main floor seats were extra cushiony and the throwback atmosphere superb!

Jean Zima

100+ year old movie theater. For a single screen theater, they keep their prices low and always have new movies playing. This theater is a real gem.

Heidi Farmer

Best small theatre in Michigan. Visit Paddle Hard then a movie, great date night.

Lee Ferguson

Newly remodeled, vintage atmosphere, comfortable seating – featuring the main floor and a balcony. Tickets and refreshments are reasonably priced, and showings are offered at convenient times. A great experience and supporting a local business is a win-win. I would choose the Rialto Theatre over traveling elsewhere any day!

-Andrew Robbins