The Rialto is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Corporation that was created in 1995 to purchase, operate and restore the 1921 Rialto Theater. 

                        Donations are tax deductible!                                      Official Website of Rialto Community Theater, Inc.                          

Our Rialto, cir. 1920's

Upcoming Events at the Historic
Rialto Community Theatre
418 Main St., P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge,  406-846-7900

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 24-25-26

“Max” The story of a Marine dog.
PG
   111 minutes
 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 31, Aug. 1-2
“Minions”
PG 91 minutes 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 7-8-9
“ANT-MAN”
from Marvel
PG-13 
117 minutes

 

No Movie August 14-15-16 - Enjoy the Fair!

 

Movie Tickets – Adults - $5, Children 11 & under - $3

Movie Showtime is 7:30pm   www.deerlodgerialto.com

 

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Save These Dates!

Saturday, September 12, “Bop-A-Dips” Concert

for the Rialto Community Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

 

Thursday, October 8, “A Band Called Honalee” Concert

 

Current Donations
PREVIOUS NEWS
Memories

 

A DONATION MAY  BE MADE THROUGH PAYPAL BY CLICKING THE "DONATE" BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE AND ON OTHER PAGES

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A DONATION FORM CAN BE PRINTED AND MAILED TO US AT RIALTO THEATER RESTORATION FUND,
P.O. BOX 874, DEER LODGE, MT 59722 BY CLICKING HERE:  DONATION FORM

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


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AN HONORIAUM SECTION HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE MEMORIAL PAGE  SHOWING GIFTS IN HONOR OF INDIVIDUALS

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GIFT 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 Restoration efforts!      

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Rialto Board Members

Steve Owens, President
406-846-3413 or email sowens48@hotmail.com

Susie Blair, Secretary
Ron Mjelde
Jackie Thompson
Mike Johns
Jacque Lavelle
Kathy Thompson
Kirk Sandquist
Ron Scharf
John Snell
Melissa Gallagher Bender

Gayle Mizner, Webmaster (retired board member)
email: tgmizner@yahoo.com

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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.

 

Check out our progress here: NEW PHOTOS of our progress.  (Nov. 2008 to Nov. 2011)

The VERY LATEST PHOTOS may be viewed with Picasa Web Album here: (Updated June 19, 2012)

2012 CURRENT PHOTOS (Rialto Construction photos)

RIALTO GRAND OPENING MAY 19, 2012 (Separate Album just for the opening!)

RIALTO EVENTS/AWARDS 2012 (Events/Awards after May, 2012 opening)

Check us out on Facebook!  Rialto Community Theater 

REMEMBER, 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 July 13, 2015

Rialto to Have “Sensory Movie” Showing 

      The Rialto Community Theatre in downtown Deer Lodge is planning a “sensory movie“ showing of the current animated film “Inside Out” on Saturday, July 18th, at 10:30am.  This special show will feature house lights that stay brighter than usual during the movie and volume that is not quite as high.  The concept of sensory movies began in 2007 in Maryland and has spread to most parts of the country, although it has not been available much in Montana until now.

       Originally intended for children on the autism spectrum, sensory movies allow families with children with any sensory issues to enjoy their favorite film in a safe and accepting environment.  Children are free to get up and move around or dance as they are inclined, and families may bring their own gluten-free or other snacks to meet special dietary needs while they relax and enjoy quality family time.  “Our goal is to help with socialization and acceptance for these children and families,” said Steve Owens, president of the non-profit Rialto Theatre board.  “We hope it will be a success and we can do it again in the future.”

          Ticket prices are the usual $5 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under, and the Rialto will still have its regular showings of “Inside Out” Friday through Sunday, July 17-19 at 7:30pm.  More information is at 406-846-7900 or www.deerlodgerialto.com.

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For release June 15, 2015

                                      BENEFIT CONCERT AT RIALTO THEATER JULY 8TH

Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer will bring his “Support Your Cause”
tour to the historic Rialto Community Theatre in Deer Lodge on Wednesday July 8th.  Helmer, 
who has opened for iconic artists including Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Eric Burdon and the
Animals, Big Country, and Jeff Bridges, is spending a year and a half traveling more than 25,000
miles across America donating his time and talent performing over 2000 benefit concerts for
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 guitar strap.

      “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 406-846-7900.


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For release May 20, 2013

More National recognition on our restoration efforts from the    

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

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, disaster struck when a fire destroyed everything but the facade, side walls, and stage. 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.

THE FOLLOWING STORY  WAS  FROM THE  PRESERVATIONNATIONBLOG  http://blog.preservationnation.org/2013/05/17/deer-lodge-montanas-rialto-theater-rises-from-the-ashes/#.UZrslyHnbIV

(all of which appears on the   Facebook pages,  Rialto Community Theater and the National Trust For Historic Preservation)

Deer Lodge, Montana’s Rialto Theater Rises from the Ashes

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by David Robert Weible 3 Comments


The Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, Mont., c. 1942

It’s 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. Credit: Silver State Post
Rialto Theater fire on November 4, 2006

On 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 easily.

“About 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 community 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.

“Our 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 money.”

Local 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.

Reconstruction 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.

Exterior of the Rialto Theater, 2010. Credit: Martel Construction
Restored exterior of the Rialto Theater, 2010

“When 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.

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RIALTO SEATS   

ARE NOW FOR SALE!

$300 EACH 

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 more information. 

 Checks can be sent to: P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722

DONATIONS ALSO ACCEPTED THROUGH PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE,

OR BY CLICKING HERE FOR THE DONATION FORM.

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                                                                    DEAR FRIENDS....... WE'VE COME  

              FROM  THIS.....11/05/06                       

                         
                                                                                                                                      

                                                                     TO THIS 5/18/2013

                                                    Martel Center

                                                Photo courtesy Rex Connell, Martel Construction , Bozeman, MT

      FOR  THE GENEROUS SUPPORT  OF ALL OF YOU FROM ALL PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY,

  WE SINCERELY THANK YOU!!!

                                 .....now we continue to do upgrades and  maintenance so appreciate your continued support!!!  

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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!  

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                  FUNDRAISING UPDATES

November 1, 2008----ON-GOING FUNDRAISERS....The following is a list of the ongoing fundraisers now going on in Deer Lodge for the Rialto Restoration efforts: 

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. 

RIALTO NOTE CARDS:     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.

RIALTO 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 theater.  (see  FUNDRAISING ITEMS )

Rialto t-shirts are still for sale by contacting Steve Owens or may also be purchased at the theater.(see FUNDRAISING ITEMS  )

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.**   

WE TRULY APPRECIATE ALL OF THESE BUSINESSES HELPING US OUT....AND WOULD ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS! 

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                            Donation here is through PayPal.

                 DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO FINISH REBUILDING THE RIALTO!!

   Thoughts, Letters and Donations can also be sent to:

Rialto Theater Restoration Fund 

PO Box 874 

Deer Lodge, MT 59722

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