The Rialto Plaza to re-open!

Coventry’s Rialto Plaza to Re-Open in October

Indoor Performances Back on Track with Social Bubble Bookings & Enhanced Safety Measures 

The Rialto Plaza in Coventry is resuming indoor performances from Friday 2nd October 2021. It is the first time the venue has invited audiences since March, when the UK coronavirus lockdown was announced.

Although restrictions were lifted for venues in August, the management team have delayed opening to October to ensure they can open safely and in adherence to government guidelines.

James Penny, promoter at the Rialto Plaza said;

“Our venue has several inherent features that make it safe to attend.  In particular we have a huge space so we can sell tickets on a table only basis allowing groups to remain in their social bubbles.  We’re embracing the space that we have and innovating as much as we can whilst  taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full event team. 

It’s really important for both the local community and our staff that we open as soon as we can as safely as we can.  Hopefully help create a blueprint for other live entertainment spaces to open safely and be part of the process of restoring employment within the live events space.  We can not wait to welcome audiences back to our venue.”

Almost all the events planned for the Rialto had to be cancelled or rescheduled until next year but the events team have worked tirelessly to secure some great events for the remainder of the year.   It is hoped that the hugely popular Bongo’s Bingo will return to the Rialto before the end of the year, the company is in direct conversation with the Government about safely bringing their events back indoors.

New bookings starting from the 2nd of October include;


  • 2nd Oct –  The Big Quiz
  • 3rd Oct – 90’s Night (live act)
  • 9th Oct – Live at the Rialto with Guz Khan
  • 10th Oct – RnB Live (live act)
  • 17th Oct – UB42 tribute to UB40 (live act)
  • 24th Oct – Rule The World, Tribute to Take That (live act)
  • 31st Oct – Pop up Halloween Cinema – Beanbags & Blankets 


  • 6th Nov – 80’s Night (live act)
  • 7th Nov – Charity Event in aid of NHS (live act)
  • 13th Nov – Rum & Reggae
  • 14th Nov – Live at the Rialto with Ed Gamble
  • 21st Nov – Whitney Houston Party Night – (Live act)

Tickets for the shows will be available via

The venue is taking COV-19 safety measures very seriously.  Capacity has been reduced to table bookings only ensuring physical distancing and management will deep clean the venue before and after every performance.  All staff have been highly trained to operate with strict COVID guidelines and the venue is implementing staggered entry times to ensure safety entering the venue.  

The Rialto has a venue-wide sterilisation programme and hand sanitisation stations throughout the building and automatic soap dispensers in the toilets. Tickets are being sold by the table and not individually to ensure party bubbles remain at the same table. The venue is operating a one way system around the perimeter of the venue with different doors for entry and exit of the main hall with plentiful signage throughout.

James Penny added;

“People are desperate for live entertainment, we are so excited to get moving again.  Our customers have been so amazing, so patient and understanding and we really can’t wait to welcome them back so we can thank them in person.”