April 29, 2005
A Word on Ticket Fees
Like you, we here at the Rialto Theatre find that purchasing tickets through outlets like Ticketmeister and Ticketspider (note: not actual ticketing services) can be a frustrating experience.
We think that in many instances the fees to purchase tickets are out of hand.
That is why we've chosen Gilbert, AZ-based Ticketforce as our ticketing service provider. They have reasonable rates and let us set our own fees.
Having said that, we must point out that there are significant costs associated with providing an online ticketing service. Those costs must be recouped in some fashion, so we add a fee to online ticket purchases.
Beyond the costs, we charge a bit more, with one express purpose in mind: Every single dollar in ticketing revenue beyond the costs of administrating the system will be directly reinvested in improvements to the Theatre.
We have many plans for improvement, including air-conditioning, new bathrooms, exterior treatment, and much more. By purchasing tickets online, you are directly helping us make the Rialto Theatre into a better facility.
For that, we thank you.
MORE TICKETING NEWS!
Tickets for Ottmar Liebert (June 9th), John Hiatt with North Mississippi Allstars (July 18th) and Suzanne Vega and Marc Cohn (August 2nd) all go onsale via our ticketing site at 12:01 am April 30th (that's Saturday).
Check the event page listing for the button which will take you to our ticketing site to purchase tickets online, or you can wait until Monday and come to our box office.
The Rialto Box Office is open every weekday between 12 noon and 6 pm, and from 2 pm until 10 pm on any day that we have a show.
The Box Office phone number is 740-1000; if you call during Box Office hours (again, 12-6 weekdays and 2-10 show days) and don't reach anyone, be sure to leave a message. We will return your call. Also, feel free to call the Box Office during hours it's not open with questions; they will be responded to at the earliest opportunity. Due to internal wiring problems, the Box Office phone might not be fully operational until the beginning of the next week.
As of Monday, you'll be able to purchase tickets for our shows using a credit card at the Box Office (at this time, this excludes Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tesla, and Queens of the Stone Age).
April 23, 2005
Yeah, That's The Ticket!
THE BIG NEWS: You can purchase tickets online for selected shows (more to come soon) by going to our ticketing site.
Currently onsale are tickets for Loudon Wainwright III on May 13th and Spoon on June 22nd.
OTHER BIG NEWS: The Rialto Theatre Box Office will be open starting Monday, April 25th. You can purchase tickets for Tesla (5/11), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (5/14) and Queens of the Stone Age (5/28) without a service fee.
Also, we'll have Loudon Wainwright III and Spoon tickets available, but since our ticket printer is still on its way, they'll be will-call tickets.
Please bear with us as we get everything together. Soon, it will be so seamless, so effortless to purchase a ticket for a Rialto show that you'll think you're in the Matrix.
NEWS THAT'S NOT THAT NEW: You can purchase Tesla, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Queens of the Stone Age tickets now by going to www.cc.com or by clicking the link provided on our Events Page listing.
NOT NECESSARILY NEWS: Did you hear there's a new Pope? Sheesh, we've been so busy that we thought that was a joke when someone first told us. What would the punchline have been...?
April 14, 2005
Rialto in the news
The Tucson Citizen and The Arizona Daily Star not only share a facility, on South Park Avenue, they share our excitement at the Rialto's reopening.
Catch the Rialto reopening fever over at the Citizen by clicking here.
If you prefer the Star's flavor of Rialto coverage, you can find it here.
Or, if you don't care about any of this, and would rather see a kung fu chimpanzee, click here(warning - embedded .mpg file)
Our fearless leader demonstrates his pointing ability
April 11, 2005
A Work in Progress
A veritable army of Tucson's best contractors and subcontractors has stormed the Rialto in a kind of reverse pillaging: Rapid improvement to virtually every area.
And all this work goes toward making the Rialto more vibrant, better-sounding, and aesthetically pleasing in a way not known within this building's walls since 1963.
Will we make it in time to be open Saturday for Club Crawl? Only one way to find out -- be here Saturday!
April 6, 2005
The Rialto Marquee Lights Up Congress Street
We're very pleased to announce that the brand-new Rialto Marquee, including a 30' blade sign, will be installed by the end of June or early July. We're planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony to beat the band, and wait! speaking of bands, there'll be plenty on hand to provide the soundtrack to marquee-induced celebration.
For now, as you wait with breath 'bated, here's a sneak peek at the blade:
Club Crawl Lineup
Announcing the Rialto Theatre lineup for Club Crawl, Saturday, April 16th, 2005...
The Rialto will have two stages -- a main indoor stage and an outdoor stage in the "courtyard" (read: parking lot) between the Theatre and Skrappy's.
Since there is a main Crawl stage on 5th Avenue just west of the courtyard, bands playing on the outdoor Rialto stage will perform inbetween 5th Avenue sets, starting at :40 after the hour and finishing on the hour.
Without further ado, the lineup:
11:00p The Drakes
10:00p The Sand Rubies
9:00p Al Perry
8:00p Bombs for the Bored
8:40 The Matrix II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
After nearly a year of planning, designing, and implementing some major improvements to the ol' Queen, we at the Congress Street Historic Theatres Foundation are inordinately pleased to announce that we will be open for Club Crawl, Saturday April 16th.