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Vince Gill video showcases Rialto Square Theater January 4, 2013

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Music, Theaters.

I didn’t know this until a few days ago — country singer Vince Gill’s official video for his 1992 hit, “I Still Believe In You,” was shot entirely at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Ill.

Music videos are meant to showcase the artist and the song. But this one shows off that historic theater very well, too:

The Rialto not only sits next to Route 66, but it’s a stone’s throw from the Lincoln Highway, which marks its centennial this year.

Gill, an Oklahoma native with a keen sense of history, has been a part of Route 66 lore before. He shot part of his No. 1 hit, “Never Knew Lonely,” at the now-closed Vega Motel on Route 66 in Vega, Texas.

And a more recent song, “The Lucky Diamond Motel,” was inspired by Route 66 motels in the Oklahoma City area:

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