|THE OLD RIALTO JUST BEFORE DEMOLITION|
|THE MAIN AUDITORIUM, STILL WITH ORIGINAL SEATING IN THE UPPER GALLERY. YOU CAN SEE THE RESIDUE OF ITS TIME AS A BINGO HALL - NOT UNUSUAL FOR MANY OF OUR OLD CINEMAS.|
|DERELICT AND WASTED, IMAGINE THOSE SCREAMS FROM HERE!|
|THIS LONG HIDDEN WALL APPEARED DURING DEMOLITION OF THE RIALTO. A FROZEN IN TIME SNAPSHOT OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES, EVEN FREDDIE STARR IS MENTIONED...|
|THE RIALTO MARCH 13TH SHOW FLY POSTER|
|AN ORIGINAL MARCH 13TH CONCERT TICKET STUB|
|A full set of Beatle autographs. According to the vendor, these signatures were obtained at the Rialto Cinema, Fishergate, York on 27th February, 1963. Again, who actually managed to get these signatures??|
|FLY POSTER FOR THE FEB 27TH SHOW|
|POSTER FOR THE MAY 29TH SHOW|
|A RARE TICKET AND STUB FROM THE MAY SHOW|
Here is an interesting link to a web article about the Beatles playing the Globe theatre in Stockton-on-Tees, on 22nd Nov 1963.
It's interesting because it actually has some pictures of the audience whilst the band were playing AND even a rare photo of the lads themselves on stage during the performance. I would imagine the scenes at York's Rialto theatre would be almost the same...have a look!
OK as promised here is some stories from some of the people who have seen and remember the Beatles coming to York, these have been re-posted from articles sent by Steve at the Evening Press and from some information supplied from the YorkMix website.
'' As the entertainment correspondent for the Evening Press and local DJ, Stacey Brewer was in the thick of the swinging Sixties. When The Beatles first played the Rialto, on March 13, 1963, they were just on the cusp of super-stardom. Back then, they were bottom of the bill, supporting two American singers, Chris Montez, who had a hit with Let's Dance, and Tommy Roe. But the four Liverpudlians were already fab. Teenagers who had paid between 4s 6d and 8s 6d to attend one of the two evening shows certainly got their money's worth. Mop-tops bouncing in the spotlight, The Beatles treated the audience to songs that would become pop classics - Love Me Do and Please, Please Me. "I liked the music - we all did," said Stacey. "And they were great personalities. Paul McCartney was the heartthrob of the group." By the time they returned to York, John, Paul, George and Ringo were huge household names. But they couldn't escape the contract that brought them back to the city - this time at the top of the bill.