There's a scene in the 1981 post-apocalyptic film Escape From New York where the hero, Snake Plissken, enters a bombed-out theater, pausing slightly to watch a surreal performance troupe entertaining the disheveled audience. If he were to walk into the Rialto Theatre, he'd most likely forget about his mission and rock out a bit. Joe Pagac's eye-popping outdoor murals have been spicing up the downtown scenery for a few years now, and acts from Tyga to Spiritualized, Los Lobos to the Insane Clown Posse, have performed there in the past year. The new-and-improved patio space with an outdoor bar has been more than a welcome addition as well. Keep on rockin' in the free world, Rialto.
17 W. Congress St.
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