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Rialto Square Getting $1.4M Facelift

The Jewel of Joliet is getting a bit more shiny thanks for a new $1.4 million grant!

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established to assist eligible organizations; local, regional, and national venues, promoters and producers in the effort to reopen after an unprecedented closure due to the pandemic.

Very cool! So…how will the money be used?

Project Estimated Cost
• Remodel and expansion of main floor restrooms $550,000
• New A/C unit for the Rotunda/Esplanade/Theatre $900,000
• Removal and replacement of roof $30,000
• Infra-Red testing repairs $30,000
• Replacement of theatre seating $725,000

“As the first to close and among the last to reopen, this has been a time of extreme struggle in our industry,” said Valerie Devine, Executive Director of the VenuWorks-managed Rialto Square Theatre.

“We have a unique opportunity to tackle some projects that have been neglected over the years due to financial constraints. These projects will, without a doubt, provide a better entertainment experience for our patrons.”

Since its reopening, ticket sales for shows at the Rialto Square Theatre have been strong. The fall schedule includes entertainment such as Terry Fator, Napoleon Dynamite, Melissa Etheridge, Peppa Pig, Hairball, Friends! The Musical Parody, and many, many more.

Additionally, the theatre recently announced its annual Home for the Holiday season providing a season full of diverse holiday entertainment. For show details and to purchase tickets visit www.rialtosquare.com.


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