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Rialto Theater in Denison Closes Doors

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A piece of Texoma history is being forced to close it's doors, and with it dims the bright lights of the stage at the Rialto Theatre in Denison. It all comes down to money, or a lack thereof.

The Rialto Theater on Main Street was built in 1920 as a movie theater. Then, twelve years ago, it was bought by a young woman with big dreams: Shawnda Rains. With the help of volunteers, she has renovated the theater to hold nearly six-hundred seats, and has brought in entertainers from all over the country to perform on the stage.

Now she is saying goodbye to more than a decade of memories with a final performance this Saturday. When we asked Rains what she would miss the most, she said "the people. Absolutely the people. You know, some of my very best friends are here, my family, they are my family, we are family and the people."

Tickets are still available for the final performance this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If you would like to go, you can call the theater at 903-463-1690. Starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. the theater will host a "going out of business sale" that will run Thursday through Saturday.