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., Deer Lodge,  406-846-7900
 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 20-21-22
“Focus”
   “R”    105 minutes
with Will Smith & Margot Robbie - crime, comedy & drama 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 3-4-5
“Cinderella” 
PG   105 minutes
with Cate Blanchett & Lily James

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 Saturday, March 28,  2pm AND 7pm

Missoula Children’s Theatre production of
“The Jungle Book”
starring local students

$7 – adults,  $5 – children through High School
available from cast members & at the door

 MOVIES START @ 7:30

ADULTS ----- $5.00

CHILDREN (11 & Under)--- $3.00 

 

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

Lee Jewell, Vice-Pres.
Susie Blair, Secretary
Ron Mjelde
Jackie Thompson
Mike Johns
Ed McCarthy
Kathy Thompson
Kirk Sandquist
Ron Scharf
John Snell

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 March 2, 2015

Jazz Concert at Rialto March 11 

Three jazz musicians – a classically trained pianist, a Grammy award drummer and a clarinet player with 40+ years of professional gigs – have performed all around the world for festivals, corporate events, cruise ships, private engagements, concerts and a myriad of other programs. The Jazz ‘n 3 trio will be on the Rialto Community Theatre stage Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are only $20 and are available at Keystone Drug, Valley Foods, Steele’s in Butte and Deer Lodge, and at the Rialto.. 

Bob Draga is celebrated for bringing his “fat sound” to the forefront on his clarinet as he transports a smooth and silky sound by using the entire range of the horn. The fluid tones delivered are a mix of the music of Irving Fazola and Benny Goodman. The listener is not certain what to expect when Draga walks on stage except for the fact he will present a quality sound filled with a rich, unique and colorful flavor not often heard, giving Draga the persona for which he is well-known. “In tune” with his audience, his instincts lead him as he works his clarinet with his audience.  As the leader of several all-star bands, along with being featured as the guest star with numerous world-wide and national bands, Draga always brings the unexpected, and no two performances are alike.  He is determined to adapt his style and personality with each group and band, searching for the right combination of aspects to please the audience. He is one of the most popular and talented jazz musicians in the country, and he continues to perform, entertain and record his music for all ages. In addition, his coaching and encouragement to young jazz musicians is well-known, and he established a scholarship fund for top-rated high school clarinet players.  Patrons are moved with emotion and will most definitely have a musical memory to last for a lifetime. To his fans, Draga says, “I love an audience…these people come to see us, and we musicians owe them every bit of talent and time we can give them.” 

Drums, buckets, cardboard boxes, crates, walls, platforms – you name it, and Danny Coots has probably “played” it as a consummate percussionist who has performed in over 100 countries! When Danny’s on stage, your eyes follow him as his whole body exudes the rhythm, drawing your attention to him so you don’t miss out on what he might do! Danny picked up the drumsticks at the age of 6, and he’s continued the beat ever since. Danny’s educational background includes studies at the Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University where he became adjunct faculty as well as at Clarkson University and Potsdam State University. He continued to travel and perform with several well-known musicians at the same time – Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Arthur Duncan, Spiegel Wilcox and others. He joined the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band when he moved from northern New York to Nashville and performed with the band for over 5 years.  Danny is a co-founder of the Titan Hot Seven and continued to play and record with Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, Rebecca Kilgore and many more. As a sought-after drummer for bands through-out the world, he’s recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles and is featured on over 90 recordings, including a Grammy award winning recording in 2005. 

Before he could even walk or talk, Jason Wanner was exposed to a wide variety of music from Strauss waltzes to doo-wop, big band, folk, classic country, jazz and on and on. When he was 4 years old, Jason had begun his mini-career, playing by ear, on his uncle’s organ at Jason’s Grandma’s house! Fugue in D Minor and The Entertainer were not the usual musical favorites of such a young lad! When Jason entered Kindergarten, the class members had their fingerprints taken, and Jason was told he had the fingers of a piano player - Jason’s life changed on that day. He told his parents how he loved to play the piano, and traditional piano lessons soon began on a Kohler spinet his parents purchased. Jason still plays his Kohler today. After a series of music teachers and finding the right ‘fit’, Jason moved onto classical piano training. For the first couple of years, Jason pretended to read music all the while he was playing by ear after he memorized the pieces he heard. He hated practice sessions but then began to feel his love of jazz. At the age of 12 he attended the Sacramento Trad Jazz Camp. Upon returning, he joined a jazz combo, began playing in restaurants, bars, school functions – then became a member of 3 more high school bands and rehearsed with the cast for high school musicals. USC’s music program followed along with the realization other musicians were vying for the same outcomes, and Jason returned home with no more scholarships available. The next 12 – 18 months were basically void of music until he received a phone call, inviting him to guest star at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree where he met up with the Blue Street Jazz Band and a year later he joined the band as their pianist. Graduating in Classical Piano Performance from CA State University of Sacramento, Jason is a popular entertainer world-wide and is now the pianist with the Titan Hot Seven band as well as Blue Street. Today Jason composes and arranges for a variety of shows, films, recordings and groups. He’s come full-circle in that he’s also taken his mentor’s place as an instructor at the same jazz camp he attended as a student.

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For release Jan 2, 2015

Country and western concert Jan. 9 in Deer Lodge

The Bar J Wranglers of Jackson Hole, Wyo. will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Profits go to the Rialto. Tickets are available by calling the Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District office at 406-846-1703 or can be purchased at Keystone Drug, Valley Foods, Peoples Bank or the Rialto Theater.

The Wranglers have performed all over the world and their show includes western music and comedy. Last year’s concert was a success raising $5,000 for the theater.

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For release November 1, 2014

A note from our Pres. Steve Owens concerning scheduling of events and the List posted below:    
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Greetings everybody,
 Thanks for the input on the last list.  We got some dates and times clarified, and got some folks thinking about avoiding conflicts as they schedule events during the coming months, which is always a good thing for all of us in our little community.  The Rialto has always tried to avoid schedule problems, but sometimes when we contract for concerts and stuff 6-9 months out we often have to take the date the performers are available, and then other events end up being around the same time anyway.  Attached is a revised schedule of all the dates at our venue that we know about at this time. Let me know if you know of any others that would like to use the Rialto.
Thanks.
 Steve Owens"

Rialto Events Fall - Winter 2014-2015 

Friday, January 9, 2015, “Bar J Wranglers” from Wyoming, concert, 7pm 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, “Jazz”n 3” Concert, 7:30pm 

Saturday, March 28, 2015- Missoula Children’s Theater production, 2pm & 7pm
(rehearsals preceding week at S.D. #1 and Rialto) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, PCHS Choral Department Music Festival Concert, 7pm 

April, 2015, 55th Annual Rotary Club Talent Show for area youth, (date  TBA) 

Thursday, May 7, 2015, “Dancing With Our Stars II” benefit program, (time TBA) 

May 2015, S.D. #1 Spring Concerts, (Dates TBA) 

Tuesday, May 26, PCHS Pops Concert and Music Awards, 7pm 

Late May, 2015, Velocity Tumbling and Dance Studio spring recital (date TBA) 

Other events and school programs will be added as they are scheduled. 

Current movies on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30pm

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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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