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“The Death of The Rialto”
November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Oregonian says you should come to help deal with this post election stuff!
As you surely know by now, Portland’s storied The Rialto (and The Jack London Bar, by virtue of being in the Rialto’s basement) is closing on Christmas Day, 2016. Tuesday, November 15th will be the last edition of Stumptown Stories in this legendary haunt, and we felt an evening filled with Rialto stories would only be appropriate. We would like to invite YOU to join us for “The Death of The Rialto” – doors at 7:00pm, show at 7:30. The event is free.
Stumptown Stories has been hosted at The Jack London since June of 2011, and this grand finale shall not disappoint. Doug Kenck-Crispin will discuss the early history of the Rialto Billiard Parlors, and share some of the highlights from the OLCC records regarding the current establishment. JB Fisher will talk about JD “Bob” Archer, Portland pool champion and owner of the Rialto and Elite Billiard Parlors in the 1940s and 50s. Recently discovered Oregon State Police files shed provocative new light on how vice operations were really being run in mid-century Portland. Joe Streckert will illuminate Jim Elkins, 1950’s Portland’s racketeer king, who ran gambling and (gasp!) pinball throughout the city. That all came crashing down when the Seattle Teamsters and the feds came to town, and Elkins empire of numbers was no more. As you can see, plenty of new shit has come to light about one of your favorite Portland institutions! Kick Ass Oregon History’s Ghost Host, Andy Lindberg, will be the Master of Ceremonies, and there will be FREE NACHOS, as well as some books from the namesake of the establishment.
The Rialto is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon, 97204. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 7:00pm. (Free Nachos are a “while supplies last” type of situation.)