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Get entertained at Rialto Square Theater in Joliet

Enjoy a variety of shows at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.
Enjoy a variety of shows at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

Comedy. Music. Tribute bands. Film discussion.

All this and more can be enjoyed at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, a 2 million dollar "vaudeville theater palace" when it was built in the 1920s and the favorite venue for movies when I was a child.

The Rialto Square Theatre is also home to a Barton Grande organ, which a house organists and guests still play from time to time during selected performances.

You can listen to its majestic sounds here:

The Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.

Tickets for the following events are available in person at the Rialto box office or online at

Feb. 21

• Ron White – 7 p.m. Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White, who first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, has long since established himself as a star in his own right.

Feb. 23

• Finding Neverland – 7:30 p.m. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Feb. 29

• Buddy Guy – 8 p.m. Concert by legendary blues artist. In addition to bringing the house down for a recent sold-out performance commemorating the closing of New York City's B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, he recently appeared on David Letterman's Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

March 6

• Hairball – 7:30 p.m. Accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world brought to life including. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith. Pyrotechnics, lights, sound, props. Not the typical 80s tribute band.

March 7

• Country Unplugged – 8 p.m. Country music icons, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt and David Lee Murphy will take the stage together to perform classic 90s country hits.

March 22

• Miranda Sings – 7:30 p.m. Colleen Ballinger is a multi-hyphenate actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer. She is best known for portraying her character, "Miranda Sings." Ballinger has amassed over 30 million followers across her social media and passed 3.5 billion views on YouTube. Ballinger can currently be seen as "Miranda" on the Netflix Original series, "Haters Back Off," which she created and executive-produced.

April 8

• Born to be Wild! Rockstar to Wildlife Advocate John Kay of Steppenwolf – 7:30 p.m. Kay will discuss his journey from that of a rockstar to wildlife advocate, followed by a 40-minute solo acoustic show.

April 9

• Gary Allen – 7:30 p.m. Country music artist with "smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances."

May 8

• RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles – 8 p.m. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance.

July 13

• Halestorm with Special Guest Crobot – 7:30 p.m. Since their inception in 1998, Halestorm have toured with Eric Church, Joan Jett, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top and Evanescence. They’ve played around 2,500 dates around the world to date and performed at festivals like Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

Sept 11

• The Charlie Daniels Band: Fire On The Mountain Tour with special guest The Marshall Tucker Band – 7:30 p.m. Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helps to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He founded The Journey Home Project in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Sept. 25

• Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez & Jon Gries – 7:30 p.m. Napoleon Dynamite is a socially awkward 16-year-old from Preston, Idaho, who lives with his grandmother and his older brother. The film centers around Napoleon’s high school’s race for class president, where Napoleon is determined to help his friend Pedro beat popular girl Summer. In addition to navigating his high school life, Napoleon must also face the strange family dynamics back home. Includes a full screening of "Napoleon Dynamite" followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

Nov. 20

• America – 8 p.m., Combination of Gerry Beckley's melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell's use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery with Dan Peek's more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics. Band members have made music together for 50 years.


Join the S.T.A.R. program and support the Rialto Square Theatre 501c3 Foundation.With a tax-deductible donation, STAR members enjoy exclusive benefits, according to a news release from the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.

These benefits include pre-sale access, priority bar service and VIP entrance to the venue, and much more, the release also said.

Contact is Katie Arko at or visit

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