Our Rialto, cir. 1920's
Upcoming Events at the Movie this weekend,
Rialto Community Theatre
418 Main St., Deer Lodge, 846-7900, www.deerlodgerialto.com
May 17-19, "Oblivion" with Tom Cruise, rated PG-13.
Movie tickets – Adults - $5, Children 11 and under - $3
MOVIES START @ 7:30
ADULTS ----- $5.00
CHILDREN (11 & Under)--- $3.00
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406-846-3413 or email email@example.com
Lee Jewell, Vice-Pres.
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)
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)
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Events at the
Rialto Community Theatre
St., Deer Lodge, 406-846-7900
Saturday, Sunday, May 17-19
“Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, PG-13, 126 minutes.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26
Saturday, Sunday, May 31-June 2
“Iron Man 3”
rated PG-13 130 Minutes
tickets –Adults -$5, Children 11 and under - $3
Dance and Tumbling Recital
May 23, 6pm, $2
Back from Las Vegas by Popular Demand
Owen” With a New Show
9, at 2pm, $15
Watch for Ticket information
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The next live event at the Rialto:
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Treasure State Chorale, under the direction of its founder, Phil
Harris, will present a gala concert at the Deer Lodge Rialto Theatre on
Sunday, May 5th. The 4:30 pm performance will offer the audience
a wide variety of choral music, songs that will bring a smile to the
face and a tear to the eye. Beginning with the theme song of the
concert, A Grand Night For Singing from "State Fair" will set the tone
for the first half of the program of music from stage and screen.
Musicals of yesterday and today are featured, including "Phantom of the
Opera" "Oliver", and "The Way We Were". A special treat for Deer
Lodge residents will be a medley of songs from "The Music Man"
featuring Marian the Librarian, the townsfolk of River City, and little
Winthrop, played by Kelson Bauman. Kelson is the grandson of
Punkie Downard and Liz and Dick Bauman of Deer Lodge. In
addition, April Hersch of Deer Lodge will be playing a flute
accompaniment for one of the choir numbers.
Following the Broadway salute, the Chorale will sing two Southern folk
songs, an Italian Canzonetta, and end the first half of the program
with two pieces of a more serious nature with words expressing all
men's desire for peace and freedom.
After a brief intermission, the Chorale will return to the stage to
sing several exciting Black Spirituals, a joyful Schubert "Gloria" and
a song of triumphant praise to God by Haydn. The words of the
Bible verse, John 3:16, have been set to a haunting acappella meloday
in "God So Loved the World". As a grand finale to the evening,
the choir will be joined by a brass and string ensemble to perform the
renowned National Hymn, "God of Our Fathers", arranged by Mormon
Tabernacle Choir director, Mack Wilberg.
Plan to arrive at the theatre at 4 pm, when doors open, to enjoy a
prelude performance by the Grace Notes Handbell Choir from
Missoula. This outstanding organization will present a variety of
handbell music under the direction of Melissa Johns.
Admission for this performance is by a a suggested donation of $8 per
person, and the profits will go toward the purchase of a piano for the
Rialto Theatre. Director Phil Harris, former choir teacher in
Deer Lodge and a graduate of Powell County High School, has issued a
challenge to not only his "Class of 58" but also to all the classes he
taught during his thirteen years in the school district, to attend the
concert and donate generously to this piano fund. Plan to come
and enjoy the music while making it possible to purchase a piano.
Make it, indeed, a "grand night for singing"!
Another nice article in the Silver State Post, April 10, 2013
Nashville stars on their way
Nashville songwriter Jeremy McComb took a tour of
a local theater last summer and was struck by its beauty.
"Claudette and Tim were giving us a tour of
the the place and we'd heard they did writers in the round and I asked them why
they'd quit. Helen Darling just couldn't do them any more and so I said, 'I can
That was at the Opera House in Philipsburg and
with the help of the Silver State Post and the Philipsburg Mail, Mr McComb is
bringing along couple of his talented friends to perform at both the Opera
House on Friday, April 19 and at the Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge on Thursday,
"That whole thing is just so awesome and the
vibe was so cool we were excited to jump on it and the newspapers jumped-in and
it's happening. I mean, we are just over
the moon about it. We just can't wait to get to Montana," Mr McComb said
in a telephone interview this week from Nashville.
He said that Songwriters in the Round, sometimes
called "guitar pulls" are a common occurrence in Nashville, happening
virtually every night. What he and his buddies became determined to do was to
bring those shows to what Nashville calls "the secondary markets."
"If you've never been to Philipsburg or Deer
Lodge, to any of these small towns in Montana, Idaho, and Minnesota, well then
you're missing out because there's so much cool stuff out there. Rick Huckabee
and I have wanted to do this for a while and so we asked our buddy Travis and
he said 'I'm all about it!'
"We just want to go out there and do some
kick-ass concerts in these old theaters and bring some story telling and some
music to these beautiful old buildings," he said.
Songwriters in the Round traditionally involve
three or four guitar playing songwriters.
"You get together and tell funny stories or
sad stories, the stories behind the writing of the songs - all these stories by
the guys that are writing the songs that you hear on the radio. I think it
brings a really cool-like gravity to it. So you've heard these songs on the
radio and now you've heard the story, what it's about. I think it opens a door
for people to see these amazing creative songwriters and how it works.
"What we wanted to do was take it on the
road and bring it people that wouldn't ordinarily get it. I haven't really
spent any time in Deer Lodge but I've heard about the Rialto Theater and to be
able to bring hit song writers into a building like that is just a dream,"
he told this newspaper.
Both shows start at 7:30 and admission is $10 per
person. Concession proceeds will go to the theaters and the artists split the
The Silver State Post and the Philipsburg Mail
helped make these shows possible by renting the venues and promoting the shows.
Jeremy McComb's first brush with fame was
managing the biggest comedy tour in the country for Larry the Cable guy. He has
written Movie soundtracks, one of which was nominated for a grammy. He has sold
over six million records and had three chart topping hits including Wagon
Wheel, This Town Needs a Bar and Cold. He has toured with Sugarland, Trace
Adkins, Montgomery Gentry and his first album My Side of Town was picked by
People Magazine as “Nine stars to Watch." He is finishing production on
his latest album.
Rick "Huck" Huckaby is a Nashville
singer, Hit Songwriter and guitar player. His sound is unique blending his own
feel to the influences of Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Ronnie
Milsap and Keith Whitley. Born in Louisiana to a Legendary NCAA Head basketball
coach Richard Huckaby, he moved to Nashville and eventually landed a job with
country Superstar Tracy Lawrence. He was signed to his own deal on Warner Bros
Records, before launching his own indie record label. Mr Huckaby's music has
been critically acclaimed winning the Billboard Worldwide songwriting
competition with his "Ain't enough Blacktop" release. While
continuing to tour and promote his own music he is also writing hits for other
artists including the chart topping Muddy Water for Trace Adkins. He scored
another hit last summer with Beer with Jesus by Thomas Rhett.
Travis Howard's hit songs include Bring me Down,
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Famous in a Small Town, and Heart Like Mine all released
by Miranda Lambert, He's an actor/singer/songwriter who also has cuts with
Dierks Bentley. His latest project is playing and writing on the road for KIX
Brooks formerly of the country super duo Brooks and Dunn.
Rialto Events Spring 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013- annual Rotary Talent Show, 7pm, for students from all Powell County schools
Saturday, April 13, 2013, Missoula Children’s Theatre productions- 2pm & 7pm
(no movie this weekend.) Most rehearsals at school.
Thursday, April 18, 2013, “Songwriters in the Round” performance, sponsored by the Silver State Post, 7:30pm
See more information in article posted below.
April 19, 2013, District Music festival- Jazz Bands and woodwind
adjudication during the day, starting at 8am. (Set up on April
18. Pick up on Monday morning the 22nd.)
Sunday, May 5, 2013, Treasure State Chorale from Missoula directed by Phil Harris, 4:30pm, benefit for Rialto piano fund
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Velocity Tumbling & Dance Spring Recital, 6pm
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, PCHS Pops Concert -7pm. (Set up that day.)
Thursday, May 30, 2013, School District #1 spring program, 7pm
(other events will be added as they are scheduled)
Movies on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30pm
The SILVER STATE POST has been doing
a great job in covering all of the events going on at the Rialto
and promoting our events and I am posting their articles here by
courtesy of Tom Mullen & Jared Cooksey. Thank you SSP
for your continued support!
From the SSP on March 20, 2013
Nashville stars coming in April
Silver State Post is bringing three hit-makers from Nashville for a one
night appearance at the historic Rialto Theatre in Deer Lodge.
Publisher Tom Mullen said that he is pleased to be able to provide an
evening of entertainment for the people of Powell County on Thursday,
April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
"We're donating some money to the Rialto and
they will keep the proceeds from popcorn and refreshment sales," he
noted, "all of the gate receipts go to the Songwriters."
Songwriter and performer Jeremy McComb provided the impetus for the show and he's bringing with him a couple of his friends.
McComb first gained fame after managing the biggest comedy tour in the
country for Larry the Cable guy. He has written movie soundtracks, one
of which was nominated for a grammy, and songs that have have sold over
six million units including three Billboard chart-topping hits: Wagon
Wheel, This Town Needs a Bar, and Cold.
Mr McComb has spent the
past six years making both major label and independent record deals. He
has toured with Sugarland, Trace Adkins, and Montgomery Gentry.
first album, My Side of Town was lauded by People Magazine and received
rave reviews from Country Weekly who called his work one of the years
most encouraging albums. His last release, LEAP & The Net Will
Appear spawned last summer's hit Easy as Breathin.
telling and audience interaction makes his shows a must-see," Mullen
said, "plus he's an all-around good guy and we're happy to have him
bring what I expect will be a great show to our town."
Mr McComb's friend Rick (Huck) Huckaby will also appear on the stage.
He is a Nashville singer, hit-songwriter and guitar player.
sound is a unique blending of his influences of Robert Cray, Bonnie
Raitt, Merele Haggard, Ronnie Milsap and Keith Whitley," Mr McComb
Mr Huckaby was born in Louisiana to a Legendary NCAA Head
basketball coach Richard Huckaby Sr. He moved to Nashville in 1996 and
landed a job with country superstar Tracy Lawrence. He soon signed his
own deal on Warner Bros Records, before launching his own indie label.
music has been critically acclaimed and he is regarded as one of the
hottest songwriters in Nashville!" Mr Mcomb told this newspaper.
appeared in a duet with his longtime friend Tracy Lawrence on the
song he wrote, Cloud of Dust and appears on Trace Adkins new record,
singing harmonies. While continuing to tour and promote his own music,
Huckaby writes hits for other artists including the top five hit Muddy
Water for Trace Adkins and the last summer's top 15 hit Beer with Jesus
by Thomas Rhett.
Rounding out the threesome is Travis Howard whose
songwriting credits include the hits Bring me Down, Crazy X-Girlfriend,
Famous in a Small Town, and Heart Like Mine, all released by Miranda
"He's an Actor/singer/songwriter who has cuts from
Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley among others and his latest
project is playing and writing on the road for KIX Brooks formerly of
the Country Super Duo Brooks and Dunn," Mr McComb said, "this will be a
fun and exciting show, so please c'mon down."
The cost is $10 per person and tickets will be available at the door.
From SSP on March 13, 2013
Rialto hosts Clark Fork River dance
It looks like hard work because it is - but they love it.
was the proclamation of Sheila Thompson who watched her daughter,
Margaret, and son, Aidan, along with fellow Deer Lodge dancers Kamryn
Scully and Hallie Kellicut and the Tiernan Dance School entertain a
packed Rialto Theater on Sunday.
"Margaret danced for a year and
then her brother, Aidan, wanted to be a part of it. We danced Friday at
the school and his classmates came up and said, 'we love it,'" Ms
Thompson told the Silver State Post.
She has been ferrying her children back and forth to Butte for six years and she said the drive has become a ritual of sorts.
have some of our best talks on the drives over there and back. It has
been a very positive program for our family," she said.
itself is what drew my kids in but the school is like a family. The
older ones mentor the younger ones and the younger kids look up to the
"Some of their best friends are dancers in Butte
and there's a school in West Yellowstone, they have good friends there
too. They support each other and they care for each other. Irish music
has become our family's passion," she said.
The Irish traditional
folk dancing looks exhausting but the dancers were all smiles on stage
and off - given breaks courtesy of the Dublin Gulch band John Joyner,
Mick Cavanaugh, Jim Schulz and Tom Powers) which entertained the crowd
with live music and humor. The band often fronts the young dancers.
Ms Thompson credits Sunday's show to the school's director, Cindy Powers.
was Cindy's idea. Since before we (The Rialto) opened, she has wanted
to bring the dancers here. And this is a fund-raiser for the theater.
Every single penny goes to the Rialto," she explained.
whose daughter, Kerry, is the lead instructor for the troupe, explained
that although her students are mostly female, that isn't the historical
nature of the dance.
"Irish dancing used to be only for the males. It was considered too athletic for the females - it is very competitive."
Ms Thomson said that she would encourage anyone wanting to get their child involved in the school.
always happy to see more and we'd love to have more Deer Lodge
dancers," Ms Thompson said and added that interested parties may call
her at 846-1855.
The dancers will be performing at the 10th Annual
Handing Down the Heritage festival at 6:30 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day at
the Civic Center in Butte.
The Tiernan Irish Dancers, a traditional
Irish step-dancing school and performance group, was founded in Butte,
Boise, & Helena in January 2004. Tiernan is the sister school of
Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison's Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. The
dancers range in age from 5-18 years.
August 8, 2012
thanks to Senator Max Baucus for taking time from his busy schedule to
take a tour of the Rialto. He was so cordial and truly appreciated the
work that went into getting the theater rebuilt. The article written by
George Plavin of the Montana Standard appears here:
Senator praises Rialto Theater rehab
Rialto Board President Steve Owens, left, on Tuesday looks over a
collection of photos with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., spanning the
community’s renovation of the historic Rialto Theater. Fire nearly
destroyed the 91-year-old theater in 2006, and a group of volunteers
spent more than five years restoring the building in downtown Deer
LODGE – Volunteers in Deer Lodge spent more than five years renovating
the historic Rialto Theater after fire nearly destroyed the 91-year-old
Faced with an overwhelming $3.7 million in
damages, the community banded together to save its crown jewel
downtown. Their effort garnered statewide and national attention, and
about 300 people turned out at the grand reopening gala May 19.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., took his turn touring the theater on a quiet
afternoon Tuesday, praising the small town’s resiliency and can-do
Led by Rialto Board President Steve Owens,
Baucus marveled at the carefully restored auditorium, stage and
balcony. Fire had previously gutted the entire building, leaving
residents shocked but undeterred.
“I am astounded,”
Baucus told The Montana Standard. “This is community involvement at its
best. I am hard-pressed to think of a better example.”
to this day are not sure what started the Rialto fire on Nov. 4, 2006.
Theater board member Gayle Mizner remembers people crying in the street
as they watched flames jump through the roof. It all felt impossible.
than just a movie theater, the Rialto is a place for school plays,
concerts and special gatherings. It is where everybody growing up had
their first kiss, or so the joke goes.
The thought of losing the town’s only theater was simply too much to bear, Mizner said.
other building could have burned, and you wouldn’t have seen the same
emotion,” she said. “To me, this place is the heart of our community.
It’s just a special place.”
The nonprofit Rialto Board
of Directors first formed in 1995 to purchase and preserve the theater,
which it spent 11 years bringing up to code with a new boiler,
electrical system and restrooms.
A few days after the
fire, the town held a meeting to determine if it could afford to once
again save the Rialto. Any doubts, Mizner said, were put to rest by two
middle school girls who held their own bake sale and presented the
board with a check for $300.
An inspired group of
volunteers began fundraising, collecting donations and pounding nails
whenever they could find the time. Nobody found more time for the
project than Owens.
Owens, who also works full time at
the state hospital in Warm Springs, told Baucus he applied for about
650 grants to keep the job on track. Mizner estimates Owens secured
about 75 percent of the funding.
The board is still raising the last $85,000, but is pleased to finally have the theater reopened.
“I get very emotional,” Mizner said. “It’s almost like a dream, where all of a sudden you open your eyes and here it is.”
and his staff have been supportive from the start, Owens said, and the
board wanted to show him how they were able to make their dream a
All that’s left, Baucus said, is to come back and see a movie.
“I am so proud of you guys,” he said. “I don’t know that there’s anything nicer in the state.”
— Reporter George Plaven may be reached at 496-5597, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at Twitter.com/@George_Plaven.
UPDATE: June 26, 2012
Thank you for supporting Steve Owens and the Rialto Community Theater!
The Safeco Insurance® “Vote for your favorite Safeco® Community
Hero” event has ended, and while Steve didn’t win an additional grant,
we wanted to thank you for your support and votes. Of course, we think
that Steve is still a winner for the work he does for the Rialto.
And the biggest winner of all is the community, as the Rialto will
use the $5,000 Community Hero grant from Safeco Insurance to continue
their work in finishing the rebuilding of the theater.
Thanks again to Cheryl Rosling and Janice Neubauer at Western State Insurance in Deer Lodge, who nominated Steve for the award!
Though the voting is over, you can still read all the great comments
left by voters for Steve and the Rialto by going to Safeco’s home page
at www.safeco.com and clicking on the Community Hero link or by going directly to the voting site here: http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/235865
Find out who won by going to the voting site or Safeco’s Facebook page or reading the news release
June 19, 2012 ONLY 1 MORE WEEK TO VOTE!! Voting ends June 25, @ 10:am
MDT. Pics were just added of the $5,000 check presentation from Safeco.
Only 1 more week to make sure we get that additional $10k for 1st
place. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, let's make it happen!!! A new album has
been added that will show the Events/Awards going on at the Rialto
after the May, 2012 opening. See Link above!
JUST VISIT THIS SITE :Safeco Vote. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for Steve & our Rialto!!
Missoulian continues to keep track of us & give us good coverage!
Here's the latest article that gives us some coverage on the Safeco
voting. There does appear to be some confusion as to when you can vote.
It's every 24 hours...not just once a day at any time...looks like it's
best to set a time & vote the same time every day! Thanks for the
questions & patience to make sure everyone's getting that vote in
Article from the Missoulian:
Hero of Deer Lodge's Rialto reconstruction in online vote for grant
A few keystrokes a day could earn the rebuilt historic Deer Lodge Rialto Community Theatre a $10,000 grant.
Owens, president of Rialto Community Theatre Inc., was named one of 15
Safeco Community Heroes, and received a $5,000 grant. Now people from
across the country can vote on the hero of their choice once every 24
hours on the Safeco website through 10 a.m. Monday, June 25. The person
with the most votes will receive the additional $10,000 grant. The
runner-up will receive a $5,000 grant.
“The money will allow us to finish up,” Owens said. “We have stage stuff to do – painting and carpeting.”
The theater, gutted by a fire in 2006, reopened with a free movie and gala May 19, but still has unfunded operating expenses.
use our concessions to pay,” Owens said. “It takes a lot of popcorn to
pay the bills and to get us on a stable operation basis.”
The town has come together to make the theater work again, Owens said.
“We’ve been trying really hard,” he said. “We do everything with volunteers – concessions, ushering.”
Owens was nominated for the honor by Janice Neubauer and Cheryl Rosling.
Neubauer, a customer service agent with Western State Insurance, said the theater is important to the children of Deer Lodge.
near and dear to our hearts,” Neubauer said. “It’s used a lot – for the
kids’ things. It’s just historically – they kept it intact that way –
one of the big, old theaters. It’s just so cool.”
devoted hours to the construction process and to raising the needed
$3.5 million, including grant writing, to keep Rialto Community Theatre
Beyond entertainment, the theater’s stage is used by local schools and community organizations.
“We appreciate all those people voting for us across the country,” Owens said.
Wilson is a journalism student at the University of Idaho and a
Missoulian intern. She can be reached at (406) 523-5251 or at email@example.com.
may vote for Steve Owens and the Rialto Community Theater by clicking
on the “Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero” banner at
www.safeco.com. Voting is open through 10 a.m. Monday, June 25.
UPDATE June 12, 2012 VOTE FOR STEVE, VOTE FOR STEVE, VOTE FOR STEVE!!!!!!!
a chance for EVERYONE to help us get another $10,000 for our Rialto.
All you have to do is vote once a day until June 25th for Steve
Owens...and we win if we get the most votes! SO PLEASE VOTE EVERY DAY!
Safeco Insurance® has named Steve Owens a Community Hero for his
work with the Rialto Community Theater in Deer Lodge, Mont. The
organization will receive a $5,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of
both Owens and Western States Insurance locations in Butte and Deer
Owens was nominated for the Safeco® Community Hero award by Janice
Neubauer and Cheryl Rosling, customer service agents for Western States
Vote for Owens and help Rialto Community Theater
You can help Owens win additional money for Rialto Community Theater
by participating in the “Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero”
All your votes could add up to help Owens make even more of a
difference for our community. The hero with the most votes in the
online event will win a $10,000 donation for their favorite nonprofit
organization and the runner-up will get $5,000.
You can vote once per day beginning June 4 until the contest ends at
9 a.m. PDT on June 25. Only individuals 13 and older are eligible to
JUST VISIT THIS SITE :Safeco Vote.
UPDATE May 26, 2012
have been added to the 2012 Current Photos. The Deer Lodge Rotary Club
has been raising money for a couple years so that they could replace
the floor on the stage..and this week Neil Owens, David Martin &
the MSP Fire Crew completed the installation of the beautiful
pre-finished oak floor! Ron M. was able to get the floor at a reduced
price & with the volunteer efforts of all we now have the beautiful
floor ready for all performances to come it's way! Another way that
we've been able to accomplish something that we wouldn't have been able
to without the support of these generous Rotarians & the fire crew!
While part of the crew were working on the floor, several others were
busy doing more finish painting...work that one of us would have had to
do so, again, we have to say thank you!!
from the 1st two showings of the movie, Avengers, has been that we had
200+ on both nights! Steve said there were people there tonight from
Missoula, Bozeman, Anaconda, Butte & Helena! We hope they all have
felt it was worth the drive to experience our beautiful Rialto!
UPDATE May 23, 2012
Here is a little more info on the awards that were given out on May 19th...this was from Gayle's notes on that evening.
"I have a couple thanks also.
The PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD is a prestigious national honor
offered in recognition of sustained volunteer service & at this
time we woul...d like to announce some awards.
On the night of Nov. 4, 2006, the call that any firefighter dreads
happened…our theater was on fire & for the next 36+ hours these men
did all they could to save our building & then had the awful duty
of trying to clean up for another couple days. We know that their
efforts on Nov. 4th saved not only our stage & façade but also the
entire block where the theater is located. . When it was time, they
joined the Mon night group in the start of the volunteer construction
nights. So, the Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department is hereby awarded
the Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award for over 500 hours of
service on behalf of the Rialto.
There also was a group of men that stepped up & volunteered their
time whenever they were asked & did whatever we begged them to do!
Most all have day jobs but spent many hours after work for the past 5
years saving us a bunch of money by doing what they could. We love
these guys & will be forever grateful for their part in rebuilding
this theater… The Mon/Wed Night Volunteers are hereby awarded the Gold
President’s Volunteer Service Award for over 1000 hours of service,
annually, also with our thanks! Ed McCarthy,or Mike Richards, or Paul
Thompson, would you accept this on their behalf. It’s impossible to
name all those men that have participated over these years but would
anyone who did help in any way please stand now!
There is an individual that deserves special recognition for his
volunteer efforts in our project who has spent almost every day of the
construction aspect in touch with every member of the team, from start
to finish, Ron Mjelde, volunteered way more time than his wife, Carol,
would like to remember…but again, Ron has made such a difference in how
we’ve been able to complete this project for the amount that we did. In
order to qualify for this award, you have to volunteer 500 or more
hours annually….so Ron, you are hereby presented with the Gold
President’s Volunteer Service Award with our thanks!
And now….Steve Owens has spent his entire lifetime volunteering in
numerous ways for his hometown of Deer Lodge. In order to receive the
highest award under this program you must volunteer over 4000 hours
over your lifetime. Well, I figure Steve probably passed that mark when
he was in high school! But I do know that in his tenure as president of
the Rialto board he has been the one main reason that we are standing
here tonight in this magnificent building! There was never a doubt in
his mind that we would be where we are tonight & he saw to it in
his endless grant writing, letters, pleas & fundraising efforts…he
was involved in EVERY aspect of this project & he kept all of us on
task…boy oh boy did he ever!!
So, on behalf of the President of the United States and by the
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created
by President George W. Bush, Steve Owens is hereby presented the
President’s Call to Service award, with the deepest gratitude of this
entire community also! Catherine, would you please come forward &
present this award. (Needless to say to a much deserved standing
We wish we could thank everyone who had anything to do with our efforts
but I’m sure that would take too long…just know that we appreciate each
& every act that has gotten us to this point…from the bottom of our
hearts….THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL VOLUNTEERS!"
YIPPEEEE!!! YIPPPPEEEE!!! IT FINALLY HAPPENED!!!!! May 19, 2012 New
pictures are in the process of being posted with more to come! Keep
What a truly wonderful start to our new life in the Rialto! Over 300
people from far & wide turned out to support us in the Grand
Opening! What a treat it was to see everyone..just wish we could have
visited & thanked each & every one of you! So many workers
tried so hard to make it perfect...in hindsight there are always things
we wish could have gone better but our M.C. Jimmer Lee, couldn't have
been better, our buffett most certainly couldn't have been better,
& the awards were much deserved. Guess we have to consider it a
huge success!! I took home a few treats afterward & was amazed at
the detail on each & every one & they tasted fantastic besides!
A standing "O" for Chef Becky Blakely & her crew! Thanks also to
John Snell for his presentation of video of the entire process of
rebuilding. It was very interesting & kept everyone entertained
while standing in line for the buffet! The Presidential Volunteer
Service Awards were given to the Deer Lodge Volunteer Fire Dept.,
Mon/Wed Night Volunteer Group, Ron Mjelde & lifetime achievement
award to Steve Owens. Rich Owens had also received this award in
Alaska, so with all the volunteer hours given by Neil & Colleen
Owens, this is truly a volunteer family! We are so lucky to have these
fantastic, giving, volunteering people in our community! We are blessed!
Here is another in-depth article in the Missoulian, done by our
friend Kim Briggeman, nephew of Don Briggeman, Deer Lodge. It also
appeared on the front page of the Helena Independant. Thanks so much
for such great coverage over these years Kim!
Students get preview of Deer Lodge's restored Rialto Theater
LODGE – Gayle Mizner was determined to get through Thursday dry-eyed.
Then the schoolchilden started streaming into the newly restored Rialto
Theater that was gutted by fire 5 1/2 years ago.
“Best day of
my life!” an exuberant second-grader exclaimed as he scurried past
Mizner clutching his free bag of popcorn and pop.
of the more dedicated of the hundreds of volunteers who’ve helped raise
the Rialto from the ashes, had to fan tears away as she repaired to the
“That got to me,” she admitted.
It was that kind of day in Deer Lodge.
through 12th-graders from this and neighboring towns in Powell County
were ushered into the 1921 theater that has become a nationwide symbol
of can-do community spirit. They were treated – big kids in the
morning, the younger ones in the afternoon – to free showings of the
2010 animated movie “Despicable Me.”
Some were too young to
remember when Kevin Costner’s “The Bodyguard” was the last film to play
at the Rialto before the fire of undetermined origin struck on the
night of Nov. 4, 2006.
Others, like Caitlyn Seaton, clearly
recalled the loss of the one-screen theater that for generations served
as what one local called “First Kiss Central.”
“We were going
to have my 12th birthday party here and then it burned down,” said
Seaton, a junior at Powell County High who’ll turn 18 on Nov. 12.
“Instead we had to go all the way to Butte.”
have been a driving force from the start of the restoration effort,
Rialto board president Steve Owens said. They’ve raised upward of
$21,000 of what recently topped $3.2 million and is expected to reach
$3.5 million when all is said and done.
A profile on the
Rialto’s rebirth last August by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth
Turan told the world the tale of two seventh-graders who, days after
the fire, began selling baked goods at a table set up in Safeway down
the street. When the community met a couple of weeks later to map out a
course of action, the girls presented the board with $300. It served to
jolt Deer Lodge into action, Owens told Turan.
opening shows were a prelude to a free open house on Saturday followed
by a $50-per-ticket gala event that evening. There’ll be another free
matinee on Sunday of “Despicable Me” and an evening showing of the
romantic comedy “This Means War.”
Then the Rialto, still
missing a number of finishing touches, gets busy as a community theater
– Monday a “Pink Elephant” program that addresses underage drinking;
Tuesday the high school pop concert; Wednesday the grade school spring
Dance recitals, talent shows, Christmas programs,
birthday parties, movies every weekend … Deer Lodge is set to make the
Rialto its community center once again.
because now we don’t have to go to Butte all the time to do something
fun,” said Jolene Harper, Seaton’s friend and a fellow junior.
It took a monumental effort
to get here, said Mizner, who’s been on the volunteer Rialto Community
Theater board since it formed and bought the aging theater in 1995. A
major reconstruction project followed to turn the Rialto into more than
a movie theater, an effort that was almost complete when the fire
The specter of the charred remains and another restoration tried the town’s patience, energy and the pocketbooks.
“There were a lot of naysayers,” said Lee Jewell, another charter board member, “and they were almost right.”
spiraled and the economy reeled as the years crept on. The board,
intent on not spending itself into debt, shut down construction at
intervals – for six months at one point, Owens said.
general contractor, Martel Construction of Bozeman, was chosen in part
because it was willing to work under those conditions. Subcontracts
were awarded to companies elsewhere in Montana, Owens said, “but almost
all the local contractors have done something.”
another key player, local businessman Ron Mjelde, dragged their own
kids to the theater nights and weekends when extra elbow grease and
muscle power were needed. Volunteer carpenters and laborers, often as
many as 20, showed up Monday nights to pound nails, punch holes for the
theater seats and perform the endless stream of tasks as the
restoration passed from one phase to the next.
Mizner documented it all with her camera, the website DeerLodgeRialto.com and, more recently, the Rialto’s own Facebook page.
Owens in particular
was a tireless and relentless force to make this weekend’s opening a
reality, all the time juggling his full-time pharmacy job at Warm
“He is unbelievable,” Mizner said. “I’ll bet he’s
raised 75 percent of the money. He’s done all the grants. He just keeps
pushing and pushing it.”
Funding came from all corners – from
bake sales and donations by those inspired by memories of those first
kisses in the balcony or watching the new cinematic sensation, “Gone
With The Wind,” in 1939. Californians stirred by the Los Angeles Times
piece last year sent thousands of dollars and amazingly touching notes,
The Rialto board received endowments of $300,000
or more from a charitable trust in Vancouver, Wash., and a foundation
in Reno, Nev. The Foley family of Florida, owner of the Rock Creek
Cattle Co. outside of Deer Lodge, came through recently with a grant of
$162,500 through its foundation.
That allowed the Rialto to
push up purchase of an expensive digital projecting system for movies –
something Owens said the board hadn’t planned on springing for so soon.
Turns out movie theaters large and small are being forced, as early as
this summer, to switch to digital movie projectors as the motion
picture industry phases out film.
“I’m assuming your teachers
have told you why we haven’t been able to use the theater for 5 1/2
years – because we had a big fire,” an emotional Owens told more 400
students, grades kindergarten through sixth, after they were seated and
quiet for the afternoon show.
“There was nothing left. No
ceiling , no balcony, no seats. It was all gone except the front wall
and the stage,” the Rialto board president said. “It took a long time.
You guys did pledge drives and lots of people made donations and we got
it rebuilt. That’s behind us.
“We just want you to enjoy it, take care of it, come back often, and bring your families.”
“It’s a fantastic building, isn’t it, boys and girls?” elementary school principal Rick Ashworth asked.
The loud cheers that followed caused him to pause.
went through rules of behavior in the theater. Clap at school programs,
but no whistling or shouting. No cellphones or texting at movies
(“Theaters in other towns announce that right on the screen,” he said).
Pick up your trash and put it in the garbage. Remove hats. Keep feet
off the seats in front of you.
“Most of all,” Ashworth
concluded, “enjoy yourselves after the hours and hours and hours of
hard work, and the donations and labor that have put this back together
“This is a historic building for our little town and
it’s going to be here long after you kids grow up. It’s very special to
us. Now, are you ready for a movie?”
Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at 523-5266 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE May 17, 2012
Well, the day finally arrived after 5.7 years! The kids of our
community filled the theater and watched a movie! It was a very hectic,
emotional day for all of us. The tv cameras were rolling, the reporters
were interviewing, the photographers were aiming, the popcorn was
popping, the pop was pouring, and then Steve stepped on stage &
gave his welcome...yup, it was VERY emotional! A long, long struggle
was at it's end...we were actually showing a movie again in our beloved
Rialto Theater!! It seemed everything went on without a hitch...any
that you could tell anyway! We know we still have some minor things to
take care of & that will continue in the coming weeks but we are
very close! The prison fire crew will be back in the morning to work
more on the stage and then we will prepare for another big day on
I hope if you haven't gotten a ticket yet for the Saturday Gala,
please consider doing so...you won't be dissapointed! There is enough
electricity in that building to light up Vegas for a week!
Thanks to everyone who helped bring the kids back to our Rialto!
We also have 2 tv videos to share. One was done by Jamie O'Leary
from KXLF & the other by Alyx Sacks from KTVM. Both did an
outstanding job as you will see!
UPDATE May 16, 2012
What a full day of activities this was! Jamie from KXLF TV was here
at noon to do a story. She was able to see the MSP fire crew at work
and interview Cody, myself & Kirk. The fire crew did a huge job of
cleaning up & storing everything on the stage, removing old
flooring on the stage, putting down sheeting, & then a sub floor,
plus moving everything out of the entrance area & all the paint
moved & stored in the back storage. One of them even had time for
an interview! This afternoon we had a couplel volunteers, John Snell
& Brian Thompson, get lessons on how to operate the lights, sound
& projector systems. Tonight at 6:00 there was a flurry of activity
to pop popcorn, bag it & have it ready for the kids show tomorrow;
ladies doing some final cleaning; guys doing final carpentry; just lots
of last minute touches before we welcome the school children of our
community to our first show in 5 1/2 years! Of course we also notice a
few minor things that need to be done but we will continue to finish
those items in the coming weeks. It almost seems like a dream that this
actually is about to be finished!
We also had word from the kitchen of Becky that her preparations are
coming right along....and that the food presentation will be FABULOUS!!
TICKETS are still available so be sure to pick yours up if you
already haven't gotten them for this thrilling event! Peoples Bank,
Valley Foods, & Quilters Corner is where they may be purchased. I
think the food by itself is going to worth the price of admission!
Lots of pictures are posted of the activities of today!
UPDATE: May 10, 2012
Just added a few pics of the ladies who showed up tonight to do some
cleaning...A busy bunch they were too and they left the beautiful
Rialto just sparkling. Rich Owens is here for a few days from Alaska so
he was priviledged to make the first test batch of popcorn in our new
popper. The smell of fresh popcorn waifted throughout the theater &
brought workers from all corners! Bad news is we have to throw out the
first couple batches! (some code thing!) Rich had a bite anyway!
Rebel!! Mike, the real painter, and Gayle, the other painter, are
getting done most of what they have wanted to before opening. There
will still be some second coats to be done but that might wait till
later! Lots of working going on behind the scenes as well...ordering
pop, popcorn, candy, cups, lids, straws, etc. Kirk & Ron have a "to
do" list a mile long but lots of people are working hard to get most of
them crossed off the list! If not right now, as soon as we can!
UPDATE: May 8, 2012
ANOTHER PERSONAL NOTE: Sometimes this project just about gets the
best of me! In uploading tonights pictures of our volunteer group's
efforts I am totally overwhelmed! Here is a group of men, all of whom
have been at their real jobs all day, that show up and spend another 3
hours giving us their all. I could tell that some of them were tired
and some of the projects didn't go just right...but...there they are
doing what they can to get our Rialto ready for it's Grand Opening!
They had a huge pile of carpet leftovers & many boxes of heavy
metal letters to haul up 4 flights of stairs; 8 more rows of chairs to
drill holes for & bolt down; chair arms to take out & replace
upstairs; and finally a refreshment to top off the night; and I did not
hear one single complaint or harsh word...unbelievable what these men
have given to this community!! Yup, a lump in my throat for sure! They
tell me that they're done for now, but I know that if we called them
tomorrow, every one of them would show up in a second! THANK YOU Mon
Night Volunteer Group....you are the GREATEST and we love you!!
(Pictures are posted but no captions as yet...we know most of them by
For release May 4, 2012
FOLEY FOUNDATION AWARDS $162,500. GRANT TO RIALTO
A $162,500 grant from the Foley Family Foundation, the folks who
head the Rock Creek Cattle Co. development north of town, is helping
bring the restoration to a successful conclusion, Rialto board
president Steve Owens said Friday.
The Foley foundation focuses on cultural and educational activities,
and the family’s business interests in western Montana include McKenzie
River Pizza and the Whitefish Mountain Resort. Its donation will pay
for most of the remaining painting, wiring and plumbing work, not to
mention a new popcorn machine and some of the digital projection system.
“The goal of the Foley family was to help us finish this huge
project, and this gift brings us very close to that,” Owens said in a
He said the board had hoped to defer until fall the $83,000 cost of
the projection system and a special screen and winch. When it was
discovered that movies on film would not be available by summer, the
investment had to be made immediately. That impacted funds already set
aside for construction items.
“The digital system is now installed and integrated into the new
surround-sound system,” Owen said. He added that installation of the
theater seating was completed last week.
The board plans to reopen on Saturday, May 19, although it’s still
waiting for parts for the elevator, a few winches and other equipment.
Some painting, wiring, lighting and carpeting also need to be completed.
The Deer Lodge Rialto was built in 1921, and since the fire in 2006
stories of its role in the culture and fabric of the community have
poured forth. So too have contributions, large and small, from
schoolchildren and foundations, from federal and state funds and from
dozens of individual donors.
More than $3.4 million has been raised toward the $3.5 million total
cost, which Owens said is driven by the size and complexity of the
structure and the strict building codes for theaters.
“About $1 million has been trimmed from the original estimates with
design changes and by using donated labor and materials,” he said.
Besides its traditional role as a movie theater, the Rialto is used
for all local school plays and concerts as well as other live
Donations are still encouraged and can be mailed to P.O. Box 874,
Deer Lodge, MT. Check out photos, updates and other information at www.deerlodgerialto.com and on Facebook at Rialto Community Theater.
The following article appeared in The Missoulian May 5, 2012
Below is the story that appeared in the
L.A. Times on August 28, 2011
thanks to Kenneth Turan and Patricia Williams for taking the time to do
this in-depth story on our restoration efforts! We truly
appreciate what they have done!
Deer Lodge's Rialto is truly a community theater
The small Montana town's single-screen, 1921 movie
house burned in 2006. Residents' determined fundraising and manual
labor efforts have brought it to the brink of reopening.
Owens' grant applications have raised significant funds. He stands
before one of the original 1921 painted backdrops, which survived the
fire. (Patricia Williams / For The Times)
Reporting from Deer
If you live in a big city, movie theaters are places you complain
about, despair of, maybe even avoid. In this small town 80 miles
southeast of Missoula, however, the single-screen Rialto Theatre is so
essential to residents' sense of place — often in unexpected ways —
that it's almost impossible to imagine life without it.
So when the Rialto caught fire on Nov. 4, 2006, the entire town of
3,400 had its heart in its throat. Despite 3 million gallons of water
poured on the blaze by firefighters, the theater burned for three days,
with 50-foot flames visible for miles.
Two weeks later, a community meeting was held, and the sentiment to
rebuild, remembers Steve Owens, president of the Rialto Community
Theatre Board of Directors, was "just overwhelming. One or two people
said 'don't bother,' but the other 200 said, 'You just need to do it.'"
A highlight of the meeting was an appearance by a group of
seventh-grade girls who held an impromptu bake sale in front of the Safeway
the week after the blaze, and "donated $300 before anyone got their act
together. That had an impact."
From those modest beginnings came a juggernaut of passion and
commitment to rebuild. "I can't explain it," says board member Ron
Mjelde, "but when this gets into your blood, you live it."
Deer Lodge is a not a booming place (its per capita income is $14,883,
according to the 2000 census), but when the cost estimate came in at
$3.5 million due to strict building codes for theaters, the town did
not flinch. "It was never that we wouldn't get it done," says Owens, a
pharmacy technician, "it was that it would take the rest of our lives."
But now, five years later, the impossible is close to happening. The
town is only $300,000 short of its fundraising goal, and the theater is
nearly rebuilt. So how did a city without great wealth or a corporate
presence make something like the Rialto revitalization happen, and,
equally important, why did they put in the effort?
A town treasure
Deer Lodge is a classic Western small town. Birthplace of former Lakers
, it's best known in Montana as the home of the state
prison (the high school's sports teams are nicknamed the Wardens). Its
friendly downtown invites you to eat at the Broken Arrow Steak House
and Casino, shop at New to You ("Fine Used Clothing for All Ages"),
appreciate the "Navy Seals 1, Bin
0" sign outside an insurance office and admire the
The theater opened on May 2, 1921 and is a Beaux-Arts reminder of the
days when Deer Lodge was a booming trading center. Its pink and white
neon marquee now says "Send Donations to P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge,
59722" instead of listing films, but its cream-glazed brick and terra
cotta facade still gleams in the sun the way it did when original owner
Jens Hansen promised the Silver State Post he would show "the very best
pictures regardless of the high royalties he has to pay."
In recent years, movies were shown Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. "It
was a place people could drop their kids off and know they'd be safe,"
Owens says. "If the parents were late after the show was over, someone
would wait with the kids until they showed up." Admission was $4 for
adults and $3 for children, plus "people love our popcorn," he says.
"Cars would double-park three deep to get some."
Theater board member Gayle Mizner, whose newborn great-grandson is the
seventh generation of her family to live in town, points to the
theater's balcony and says, "right up in the corner is where I had my
first kiss. My heart is in Deer Lodge."
As the largest auditorium in Powell Country, the Rialto has served as a
theatrical space as well. One week in May 1929, it showed Buster
's "Spite Marriage" and welcomed the Los Angeles
Philharmonic on its Northwest tour. In recent years, it has hosted
plays, concerts, lectures, dance recitals, graduations, even funerals.
Deer Lodge came close to losing the Rialto in 1995, when the original
owner's family wanted to sell it and a casino operation was rumored to
be interested. The asking price was $90,000, but it was offered to the
community for $65,000; a nonprofit organization was formed and the
funds raised in a few weeks. Headlined the Post, "Congratulations Deer
Lodge. The Rialto Is Yours."
For 10 years, some 300 volunteers ran the Rialto, and the town put
$350,000 into upgrading it. (Surround sound speakers were in boxes
ready to install when the fire broke out.) The sense of community
ownership that had built up over that decade, plus the knowledge of how
hard people had worked to maintain and improve the facility, added to
the impetus to rebuild. That, and something more — a sense that having
a theater is important for the community's youth.
"People here should have the same opportunities for their children as
people in other communities," Owens says. "If we can make it happen,
make a place for them to sing on a stage, do their plays, we should."
As it turns out, the Rialto's stage, complete with six original 1921
painted backdrops, was not touched by the blaze, shielded by an
asbestos curtain originally installed to protect audiences from onstage
fires. Also saved were the projection booth and its 35mm projectors, as
well as the facade.
The fire off blew the roof, and the Rialto's shell was left open to the
sky for months while the board consulted with architects.
Re-creating the theater exactly would have been too expensive, but the
new space had to be as close as possible to the way people remembered
it to gain fundraising traction in town. The original estimate was $4.5
million, but volunteer work and zealous penny-pinching brought the cost
down. For instance, an old satellite dish headed for the dump was
repurposed as a decorative ceiling dome, saving $5,000.
Key was a contractor (Martel Construction of Bozeman got the job) who
would do things the town's way. "We wanted to use volunteers as much as
possible," Owens says. "And we never wanted to have any debt, which
meant nothing started until the money was in hand. If we needed to take
a break to raise more funds, if it took a little longer, that was OK
Volunteers hung drywall, , and the high school art class worked on the
decorative ceiling. A Job Corps team is scheduled to take down the old
fire escape and put up a new one. And, Owens says, "there is a nice
lady who likes to sweep. She cleans up the whole theater after the
carpenters are finished for the day."
This spirit of cooperation was vividly visible when it came to
acquiring 400 replacement seats. Owens heard from a theater owner in
Miles City, at the other side of the state, that he had some seats from
a Florida theater that he didn't need. They were donated to the Rialto.
The Miles City high school choir loaded the seats onto a truck, and a
contractor in Anaconda paid the shipping costs. Deer Lodge's high
school football team unloaded the seats, putting them in donated
storage space. A company in Butte cleaned the fabric gratis, and an
inmate fire crew from the state prison scrubbed the metal clean of gum.
Owens estimates that there have been close to 2,000 individual donors,
from Deer Lodge, 60 other Montana communities and 40 other states. No
donation is too small: gum ball machines in Peoples Bank and the MRC
gas station say "Candy for Rialto — 25¢" Elementary students collected
spare change and took it to be counted at Pioneer Federal Savings
& Loan, which matched the $1,928.
The most elaborate fundraiser was a five-course dinner catered by Becky
Blakely, a retired pastry chef who'd worked at Washington, D.C.'s
Kennedy Center. Though local benefits were usually in the $30 range,
the board decided to charge $100. "People said we were crazy, but it
sold out in two days," Owens reports. "We netted $50,000 in one night,
unreal money for Deer Lodge," an amount the Pioneer S&L agreed
But Owens' gifts as a grant writer have been the major source of
funding for the Rialto. Owens knew that raising money would be a
challenge because of the economic climate and the fact that many
foundations "only give locally and don't even know Montana exists."
Owens wrote to more than 500 foundations. "In a good economy, if you
get a 5% response, you're doing well," he says. His response rate is
10%, including a pair of $300,000 grants. "You have to have a
compelling story," he says, modestly. "I'm persistent and patient, and
I keep emotion out of my letters. I don't fluff it up."
Now that the Rialto has won Montana's biennial Governor's Award for
Preservation and the reopening is starting to seem possible, talk in
town is focusing on what the opening-night movie should be. Some are
suggesting the film that was scheduled for the night the fire broke
out, the Kevin
-starring "The Guardian." And others, Owens says, not
quite believing it himself, are pushing for either "Backdraft" or "The
Towering Inferno." He shakes his head, thinking about it all.
"We had a disaster, and we're trying to make something out of it," he
once said there are two ways to live your life. One
is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is
a miracle." A pause. "Some of us lean toward miracles."
Copyright 2011 Los Angeles Times
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THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF ALL OF YOU FROM
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SINCERELY THANK YOU!!!
....but we have a VERY little ways to go yet so let's keep it up!!
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, c/o Tina Schowengerdt, 520 Main St., Deer Lodge, or by
contacting either Steve or Gayle.. They may now be purchased at the theater when it is open! (see
t-shirts are still for sale by contacting Steve Owens or may be purchased at the theater.(see
DONATION JARS AT MRC, c/o
TINA SCHOWENGERDT (donated $2248.32 to 1/26/2012) and KEYSTONE DRUG
(donated $399.80 to 1/26/2012) Thanks to all!
TRULY APPRECIATE ALL OF THESE BUSINESSES HELPING US OUT....AND WOULD
ASK YOU TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS!