Our Rialto, cir. 1920's
Upcoming Events at the Historic
Rialto Community Theatre
418 Main St., P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June
Andreas” PG-13, 114 minutes
No Movie July 4th weekend- Have a Safe Holiday
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July
World” PG-13 124 minutes
Tickets – Adults - $5, Children 11 & under - $3
Showtime is 7:30pm www.deerlodgerialto.com
Country/Rock Recording Artist
Scott Helmer in Concert
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm, $20
Benefit Concert for the Rialto
Save these Dates
Saturday, September 12, “Bop-A-Dips” Concert
Thursday, October 8, “A Band Called Honalee” Concert
DONATION MAY BE MADE THROUGH PAYPAL BY CLICKING THE "DONATE"
BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE AND ON OTHER PAGES
DONATION FORM CAN BE PRINTED AND MAILED TO US AT RIALTO
THEATER RESTORATION FUND,
P.O. BOX 874, DEER LODGE, MT 59722 BY
HONORIAUM SECTION HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE MEMORIAL PAGE SHOWING
GIFTS IN HONOR OF INDIVIDUALS
NOTIFICATION CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANY OCCASION GIVING!
UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR DONATION IN ANYONE'S HONOR WE WILL SEND
A CARD NOTIFYING THEM OF YOUR GIFT!
The cards have been designed and made for
us by G-Glo Designs and are exclusive to our Rialto
Rialto Board Members
Lee Jewell, Vice-Pres.
406-846-3413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Blair, Secretary
Gayle Mizner, Webmaster
(retired board member)
We have been
blessed to have an outstanding project designer, Nathan
Blanding of the firm of A & E, Billings, MT. Thanks
Nathan for all that you've done to get us to this point!
Nathan is a
former Deer Lodge resident and had performed on the stage of the Rialto
in his younger years!
Check out a fun "Remember When" written by Mike
Richards to the volunteer guys.
It's posted in the
"Memories" link above.
our progress here: NEW PHOTOS of our
progress. (Nov. 2008 to Nov. 2011)
VERY LATEST PHOTOS may be viewed with Picasa Web Album here: (Updated
June 19, 2012)
CURRENT PHOTOS (Rialto Construction photos)
RIALTO GRAND OPENING MAY 19, 2012
(Separate Album just for the opening!)
EVENTS/AWARDS 2012 (Events/Awards after May, 2012 opening)
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OLDER NEWS ITEMS PREVIOUSLY ON THIS PAGE HAVE BEEN MOVED TO "NEWS" LINK
AT LEFT, IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS PAGE A LITTLE CLEANER!For release June 15, 2015
BENEFIT CONCERT AT RIALTO THEATER
Independent touring and recording artist Scott
Helmer will bring his “Support Your Cause”
to the historic Rialto Community Theatre in Deer Lodge on Wednesday July 8th. Helmer,
has opened for iconic artists including Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Eric Burdon
Big Country, and Jeff Bridges, is spending a year and a half traveling more
across America donating his time and talent performing over 2000 benefit
free. Concert venues have ranged from historic
theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, and
his goal is to raise over $1 million
for good causes.
Helmer’s 7pm concert at the Rialto will
feature acoustic rock and country
favorites and some original songs from his album “Wake Me When it’s Over,” as
he continues on his mission of making music and helping others. He started his professional career in the
insurance industry, despite a lifelong love of music, and thrived, starting his
own business. Then the volatile economy
of 2008 took its toll and he suffered both personal and economic losses and
felt like nothing was left for him. He
vowed to shake up his life, and out went the suit and tie and back came the
“It’s mind boggling how many people are
trying to do good out there,” Helmer says, and part of the mission of the tour
is to inspire others to give and let like-minded souls come together for good
deeds. Many of the charities on the tour
are historic theatres, but the list also includes children’s hospitals and
Wounded Warrior programs.
The Rialto was severely damaged by fire
in November 2006 and reopened in May 2012 after a huge restoration
project. The non-profit continues to
work on small projects that were not essential to reopen, with affordable
movies on weekend and many live events throughout the year.
Concert tickets are only $20 and are
available at Keystone Drug and Valley Foods in Deer Lodge, Steele’s Furniture
in Butte and Deer Lodge, and at the door.
More information is available at www.deerlodgerialto.com or
May 20, 2013
National recognition on our restoration efforts from the
TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC
11 years (and more than $100,000
in upgrades) after the community of Deer
Lodge, Montana, banded together in 1995 to save their local theater,
struck when a fire destroyed everything but the facade, side walls, and
Determined not to
let the theater go,
the town pulled together once again and rebuilt --
and yesterday, the Rialto Community Theater
celebrated its first birthday.
FOLLOWING STORY WAS FROM THE
of which appears on the Facebook pages,
Community Theater and the National Trust For Historic Preservation)
Deer Lodge, Montana’s Rialto Theater Rises from the
The Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, Mont., c. 1942
often said that small towns enjoy an enhanced sense of community; they
are places where neighbors work together, help one another, and pitch
in for the common good. Nowhere does that seem to be truer than in Deer
Lodge, a tiny town of 3,400 located an hour and a half southeast of
Missoula, in western Montana.
Since 1921, Deer
Lodge's Rialto Theater
has sat at the heart of the town, and as the only auditorium in the
area, hosted events from rotary talent shows to weekend movies. In
1995, with the National Register-listed theater deteriorating and its
ownership no longer able to maintain it, members of the community
banded together to form Rialto Community Theater, Inc., a nonprofit
that would run the theater and lead a restoration project.
By 2006, the organization had poured more than $100,000
into upgrading the theater. Then, disaster struck.
Rialto Theater fire on November 4, 2006
November 4, 2006, the Rialto went up in flames. Locals gathered on the
street to watch the blaze shoot 50 feet into the sky. It took three
days and 3 million gallons of water to put out the fire. All that
remained of the town’s centerpiece were the facade, side walls, and the
stage that had been hidden behind the theater’s asbestos curtain along
with five original 1921 backdrops.
But the town wasn’t ready to give the Rialto up that
three weeks after the fire we had some engineers look at it and got
some estimates from the architects,” remembers Steve Owens, president
of the Rialto Community Theater, Inc. “We had a
meeting and there were about 250 people there and when we asked,
‘Should we rebuild?’ all but three people raised their hands.”
Still, with all the enthusiasm, the odds of completing
the $3.5 million project were against them.
average income is lower than most of Montana, and [Montana is] lower
than most of the country,” says Owens, “so when some of these people
gave five dollars, you knew they were taking it out of their grocery
children pitched in and held dances, bake sales, and penny drives --
eventually collecting more than $20,000 for the project. Community
organizations from the Elks Club to the local golf club held events to
raise money, while more than $100,000 came in from personal memorials
alone. Kenneth Turan, the film critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote an article about the Rialto
in August 2011, and money poured in from at least 40 different states.
of the theater began in July of 2008, and intent on not incurring any
debt, Rialto Community Theater, Inc. proceeded with the project as
funds became available. To save money, local volunteers completed any
tasks they could. One group of volunteers showed up in the evenings
each week for four months straight to install the theater’s flooring.
High school students in art and shop classes painted the theater’s
ceiling and built steps for the stage.
Since the theater
reopened on May 19, 2012, it has become not only a source of pride for
Deer Lodge, but a source of empowerment and inspiration for other
projects, like the $3.5 million restoration currently taking place on
the Hotel Deer Lodge down the street.
Restored exterior of the Rialto Theater, 2010
they talk about the good things that make a community, this cooperation
that we seem to have is one of them here,” says Owens who added that
along with a full slate of events this spring from children’s theater
productions to music festivals, the theater is also hosting charity
events for other groups.
“Now that we’ve reopened we can go back to doing things
for [the community],” he says.
ARE NOW FOR
YOUR NAME OR YOUR FAMILY’S
NAME WILL BE DISPLAYED IN A PROMINENT PLACE IN THE NEW RIALTO
THIS IS A GREAT GIFT IDEA
Contact any board member for
Checks can be sent
to: P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722
ACCEPTED THROUGH PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE
OR BY CLICKING HERE FOR THE DONATION
DEAR FRIENDS....... WE'VE COME
TO THIS 5/18/2013
Rex Connell, Martel
, Bozeman, MT
THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ALL OF YOU FROM ALL PARTS OF THIS
SINCERELY THANK YOU!!!
.....now we continue to do upgrades and maintenance so appreciate
your continued support!!!
GIFT NOTIFICATION CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANY
SPECIAL OCCASION GIVING! UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR DONATION IN ANYONE'S
HONOR WE WILL SEND A BEAUTIFUL CARD NOTIFYING THEM OF YOUR GIFT TO THE
RIALTO RESTORATION FUND IN THEIR HONOR! These cards have been
designed and made for us by Studio 518 West and are exclusive
to our Rialto Restoration efforts!
2008----ON-GOING FUNDRAISERS....The following is a list of the ongoing
fundraisers now going on in Deer Lodge for the Rialto Restoration
SEATS: Seats are
now for sale for the price of $300 each. Names will be
displayed inside the building. Use Donation Form, call
Steve, or Gayle for more information.
Studio 518 West has created some
beautiful blank note cards with images of our beloved
Rialto. All proceeds generously going to the Rialto. Call Gayle at 846-1614 to
order these beautiful cards.
AWARE & ANACONDA
RECYCLING will be giving us $.40/lb. for all aluminum collected. Cans
may be dropped off at the lot across from R & C Home
Improvement on Milwaukee Ave. Hours: 8:00 to 5:30
Mon.-Fri.....8:30 to 5:00 Sat.
MUGS are still for sale. Diana Solle has donated the
remaining mugs to us and you can purchase one at R & C Home
Improvement, 100 Milwaukee Ave., Deer Lodge, MT 59722, at MRC
Station, 520 Main St., Deer Lodge, or by
contacting either Steve or Gayle.. They may now be purchased at the
t-shirts are still for sale by contacting Steve Owens or may also be
purchased at the theater.(see
DONATION JARS AT KEYSTONE DRUG
(donated $399.80 to 1/26/2012) and the counter at RIALTO THEATER. Thanks to all!
**Thanks to MRC, TINA SCHOWENGERDT for the donations totaling $2248.32 to 1/26/2012.**
TRULY APPRECIATE ALL OF THESE BUSINESSES HELPING US OUT....AND WOULD
ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS!