Our Rialto, cir. 1920's
Upcoming Events at the Historic
Rialto Community Theatre
418 Main St., Deer Lodge,
Saturday, Sunday, April 11-13
“Son of God” PG-13 138 minutes
No Movie Easter Weekend, April 18-20
Saturday, Sunday, April 25-27
“Divergent” PG-13 139 minutes
Monday, April 7th, 7pm. PCHS Music Dept. Concert
April 15th, 7pm,
Rotary Talent Show
April 16, 7pm,
Deer Lodge Community
May 1, 6:30pm, Fundraiser
“Dancing with Our Stars” for Tina’s House
START @ 7:30
ADULTS ----- $5.00
CHILDREN (11 & Under)---
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 email@example.com
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)
Check us out on Facebook!
Rialto Community Theater
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 APRIL 7, 2014 submitted by Renee Schoening
PCHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT CONCERT
be choir concert put on by PCHS Music Department under the direction of incomparable
Karen Herrin tomorrow evening at the Rialto. If you want to have a "feel
good" experience and be inspired by the talented youth in our community,
please attend!! 7 p.m. The kids will be performing all of the numbers they have
prepared for music festival.
For release March 12, 2014
Eagles Tribute Band to
Appear at Rialto
“The Boys of Summer,” (A tribute to
the Eagles) will be performing in concert on Wednesday, March 26, at the Rialto
Community Theatre in Deer Lodge. This is
the band’s first trip to Montana, and the 7pm show at the historic Rialto venue
will be only one of two Montana stops on the 2014 tour of the western United
States. All tickets for the concert are
The band is a group of life-long friends
who have been playing music professionally since their school days. Four members of the group are original
founding members of the various groups that eventually evolved into the current
“Boys of Summer.”
Based in southern California, the group
started as a cover band, playing what is now called Classic Rock. The distinctive voice of Darrel Monson (lead
vocalist) sounded so much like the Eagles” Don Henley that the band eventually
decided to do a tribute the founder, leader, writer, and main vocalist of
America’s most successful vocal group.
Repeated requests from audiences for more Eagles songs eventually
persuaded the group to become a full-blown Eagles tribute band performing all
over the west.
Tickets for this special event
featuring the music of one of the greatest bands of all time are available at
Valley Foods and the Keystone Drug in Deer Lodge and at Steele’s in Butte, More information is available at www.deerlodgerialto.com or 406-846-7900.
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!