Deer Lodge, Montana’s Rialto Theater Rises from the Ashes
by David Robert Weible | Published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s PreservationNation Blog
May 17th, 2013
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.
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Thanks to THS Member Robert Ashley for the link!