What is your bag policy?

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into our venues, Rialto Theatre & 191 Toole will be instituting a clear bag policy on March 1st, 2022.

The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into our venues. The following is a list of bags that will be accepted for entry:

  • Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, approximately 5” x 7”

All bags subject to search.

Clear bags are available for sale at the box office.

What’s the deal with that place there?

The Rialto Theatre Foundation, doing business as The Rialto Theatre, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship of the historic Rialto Theatre and to offering the most diverse possible array of entertainment for Tucson and its denizens and visitors. By which we mean, bands, comedy, drag shows, speakers, the occasional film screening, etc. We probably would turn our noses up if you came at us with a full-on mime show, though. But that’s just the reality we’re all living in.

How do I find out about events taking place at the Rialto?

Well, the good news is that you’re already on the Rialto Theatre’s website, or else you wouldn’t be reading this. Unless, of course, a friend printed it out for you or something, but that doesn’t even make sense. Or maybe you’re part of a couple and one of you doesn’t like to go online, and the other is content to read things aloud, but inevitably the one gets annoyed and says “JUST GIVE IT TO ME” and then puts on their reading glasses, and, you get the picture. Hopefully.

This here Rialto website is probably the best place to find detailed show information, and you can also purchase tickets directly from here. You can also sign up for our email list quite easily from the homepage, just look on the upper right and there’s a box where you just pop it right in! In addition to that, we run advertising in a wide array of places and locations, online and offline, which should give you a good overview of goings-on at Rialto. Then there’s always the Box Office, reachable at (520) 740-1000 from 12-6 pm Monday-Saturday.

Tell me about the shows.

Not a question, but more importantly, what are you, Sigmund Freud? Music, Comedy, Film, Dance Parties, Fundraisers, (public) Speakers, and one day, Square Dances (seriously, anyone that wants to bring squaredancing to the Rialto, message us through the contact page).

We book bands and performers of all genres, including Normcore, Donkey-tonk, Dub-schlep, Nintendoughcore, Crumb-Step, Corecore, Sluteswave, Ethereal Wave, Wave, Sauer Krautrock, Classicbilly, Chamber Punk, Miami Cubase, Moon-Unitbahton, Sandalgaze, Home house, Craptronica, Rock and jiggle, Slap-and-tickle, Plop punk, Gregorian Pop, Kristronica, Paleosoul, Darth Wave, Vegancore,  Sino disco, Provost rock, Seoul soul, Kade-step, Wrap, Strip-hop, Shemo, Gleemo, Elmo, and Emotioncore, Contra bossanova, Prague rock, Flanbient, Calexicore, Polka-gaze, Reggaesynthcorewavebeat, Corinthian metal, and of course, Toose-beat.

Beck to (Bela) Fleck. X to The xx to Nofx. KRS-One to 21 Pilots to Tech N9ne to 311. Foster the People to Cage the Elephant to Young the Giant. Lauryn Hill to Jimmy Cliff. Rev. Horton Heat to Father John Misty to St. Vincent. Paul Oakenfold to Pauly Shore. Modest Mouse to Old Crow Medicine Show to Arctic Monkeys. Sonic Youth to Malignus Youth. Hey this is pretty fun, but we won’t keep you. Bottom line — The Rialto hosts a broad array of performers and talent, including rock bands, jam bands, bandsa make her dance, comedians, heavy metal, hip hop, film, jazz, flamenco, country, skiffle, indie rock, and any of the aforementioned genres we just made up – you name it, we have hosted it. Except chamber music. That belongs in chambers only.

How do I go about purchasing tickets?

Click anywhere on this site where you see the sweet “Tickets” ticket icon (it changes color on hover! TECH!) to buy tickets to that event via our provider Ticketmaster. You can also buy them via our Facebook page on the “Buy Tickets” tab, which also connects via Ticketmaster.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Rialto Theatre Box Office, located at the front of the Theatre at 318 E. Congress. Regular hours of operation are 12-6 pm on Monday thru Saturday. During those same hours, tickets may be purchased by phone by dialing 740-1000.

You can also purchase tickets at Bookmans stores in Tucson, open from 9 am to 10 pm daily.

The box office stays open on show nights until approximately one half-hour before the show is scheduled to end.

The guys standing on corners asking if you have tickets before certain of our shows, we generally advise staying away from them.

Do you serve alcoholic beverages? What about food?

Yes, the Rialto serves beer, wine and cocktails in addition to energy drinks, various sodas, and good old-fashioned water. Service of alcoholic beverages is of course limited to those 21 years of age and older, and strictly enforced.

We don’t have much in the way of food offerings, but we have a popcorn machine and a fine assortment of chips available for snacking. Besides, you really want to check out any of the fine establishments nearby, including but not limited to the Cup Cafe at Hotel CongressThunder Canyon BreweryMaynard’s Market & KitchenDiablo BurgerPencaGood Oak Bar (serves food as well!), ObonFired PieHub Restaurant & CreameryPlaygroundthe Coronet at the CoronadoDowntown Kitchen and Bar, and Empire Pizza. Those are all within 100 yards. Within 1/2 mile of Rialto there are another couple dozen restaurants. Seriously, if you want to get a bite before or after the show, and be within walking distance, there’s probably no better place in any city anywhere — we have an embarrassment of culinary riches right outside our front door. It’s awesome.

What is the age limit for attending events at Rialto?

Most shows at Rialto are “all ages” but we have some informal limits – it’s generally not a good idea to bring a child younger than 6 to any show, but this is an absolute rule at shows with reserved seating, because bringing a restless young child affects people in the seats near you.

We do not allow children under the age of 14 without adult supervision. The exception to these rules arises on occasions where the Rialto hosts a show geared specifically toward young children, because, duh.

We have no maximum age limit. You hear that, decagenarians? WE WANT YOU HERE. Seriously, let us know, we’ll help. We want bragging rights at annual conferences — “Well, sure, Madison Square Garden is one of the premier event venues in the world — but how many DECAGENARIANS have been guests there?”

I’d like to bring my infant son or daughter because I can’t find a babysitter. That’s cool, right? I mean, rock and roll – anything goes.

No, this is generally a terrible idea. Young children’s ears are sensitive and subjecting them to loud music without serious ear protection is bad for them, not to mention the other things that might not be good for a baby, such as BEING DROPPED IN THE MOSH PIT*. We reserve the right to refuse service to infants and even most toddlers. And if they put up a fight, we have a distinct size advantage.

(*note: we also frown on mosh pits)

Am I guaranteed a seat?

Rialto show seating falls into three categories: Reserved Seating, meaning that every ticket represents an assigned seat; General Admission Seated, meaning there isn’t assigned seating, but there will be enough seats for all in attendance (as in a movie theater); and General Admission, which essentially means “Standing Room Only.”

For General Admission shows, there will be either Reserved Seating available in the balcony if it’s a larger show, or there will be seats made available at the back of the main floor area or in the balcony on a first-come first-served basis. We also make seating available to anyone with special needs – ie, you recently broke your leg, or you’re pregnant (congrats!) or you have a disability and would like to sit down. If standing up is against your religion, we will accommodate you, but we will need a notarized document which states this tenet of your belief system that is signed by your High Priest. Nice try, Pastafarians, but we have researched your website and have found nothing that verifies what that one guy Daryl said.