Sunday, January 30, 2022

Valentino Has Left the Rio

"The Rio Theatre was on Walnut Street across from Capitol Park and adjacent to a large YMCA building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Built in 1908, it began life as the Majestic Theatre featuring vaudeville and shows such as 'No, No, Nanette' and 'Rose Marie'. “

On October 8, 1943, Rudolph Valentino appeared at the Rio in The Son of the Sheik, and he received the following review. For me these little scenarios back in time are time capsules. I almost remember 1943 but it was a bit before my time.

The reviewers' mention of Valentino being successful in his love scenes for his lack of bother or need to speak is good insight I think. It probably does not matter whether the movie is silent or not. Plenty of conversations were had in silent film. I think reviewer Paul Walker was on to something.

Traveling back in time to 1943, to a bus ride and the chatter of a couple of teenagers who had just seen The Son of the Sheik. 

The Rio Theatre where this took place. It is long gone but what a great Art Deco facade.