The Rialto Theatre Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship and preservation of the historic Rialto Theatre, a unique entertainment venue and cornerstone of downtown Tucson. The Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020. The Rialto has been a successful component and catalyst of downtown Tucson’s ongoing revitalization, serving as both an economic engine and a cultural powerhouse, and bringing the community together to enjoy more than 250 shows annually at the historic theatre.

We’ve launched the “I Rock The Rialto” Capital Campaign to raise $1 Million for much-needed improvements to the Theatre, including expanded and fully-accessible restrooms, consolidation and renovation of the concessions areas, tiering of the auditorium floor, and upgrades to the HVAC system. We’ve already raised more than $700,000 towards our $1 Million goal – your pledge or gift to “I Rock The Rialto” today will help reach our goal and make this exciting project a reality!

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Project Overview

Our stewardship and improvement of this historic building is of paramount importance to sustaining diverse programming, providing a gathering place for a wide range of patrons, and continuing our contributions to the ongoing growth and revitalization of downtown Tucson. The proposed Capital project includes major improvements to the theatre and its facilities.

Auditorium Improvements

  • Tier the house floor, eliminating the steep grade while maximizing sight lines
  • Create a designated ADA section
  • Redesigned floor allows more options for table and chair configurations
  • Expand our ability to meet the needs of a wider variety of events, public and private

Main Bar Re-Design

  • Increase accessibility, efficiency, and visibility
  • 360-degree design
  • Patrons will now be able to see the stage from the entrance and lobby area through to the auditorium

Restroom Expansion and Improvements

  • Significantly increase the number of fixtures to better accommodate our patrons
  • Improve accessibility for patrons with disabilities
  • An upgraded and modernized aesthetic experience

Thanks to a generous grant from the Margaret E. Mooney Foundation, the “I Rock The Rialto” Campaign also includes upgrades and repairs to the Rialto’s HVAC system, ensuring Rialto patrons will enjoy shows in a comfortable climate for years to come.

Click here to view a PDF of the complete Capital Campaign Brochure.

“I Rock the Rialto” Media

KGUN9 Morning Blend 3/12/18 (click image to view media)

KOLD News 12 Morning News 3/26/18 (click image to view media)

KVOA News 4 Evening News 3/26/18 (click image to view media)


Downtown Tucson Partnership Article 3/16/18:

Tucson Improvement & Beautification Article 3/28/18: