In April of 2017, the Rialto Theatre Foundation 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 (under construction now), consolidation and renovation of the concessions areas, tiering of the auditorium floor, and upgrades to the HVAC system.

We’ve already raised more than $900,000, and now we need YOU to help “Break The Million” and reach the goal!

Enter the “Break The Million” Contest:

The lucky donor who puts us over the $1 Million mark will win an
Arena $500 Annual Membership!

Contest will remain open until the goal is reached.

Your pledge or gift to help “Break the Million” for  I Rock The Rialto today will help reach the goal and make this exciting project a reality!


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Questions? Contact Development Director Julie Ragland at or (520) 740-1000 ext 6.



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:


THANK YOU to our I Rock the Rialto Contributors:


Max McCauslin & John Smith


Crest Insurance Group
C. Elliott
HSL Properties
Iridius Capital
Pam Grissom
Margaret E. Mooney Foundation
Pima County

Southwestern Foundation

Bedient Family
Michael & Eileen McGrath
Matt P. Milner
National Bank of Arizona
Renee Morton
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink
Repp + McLain

Anonymous (2)
Gary & Liz Bagnoche
Ron & Nancy Barber
Buffalo Exchange
Diamond Foundation
Raynu Fernando
Robert & Chandra Hershey-Lear
Mark Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords
Kris Kerry & Cathy Rivers
Jonny Sue Perkins-Snyder & Don Snyder
Calline Sanchez & Chad Driedger
Don Martin
Tim & Anne Schaffner
Thrasher Law Offices, PLLC
Melissa Vito
Joanne & Kip Volpe

Anonymous (5)
Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C.
Elizabeth Burden & Jim Gregory
Michael Chiorazzi & Vickie Bletso
C J Castles
Demion Clinco
Michael & Cynthia Duran
Econolend Tucson LLC
Brian & Laurie Ellerman
Glenn Furnier & Aída Castillo-Flores
Ryder Hartley
Julie Kasper
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Charles A. Levy IV
The McDonnells
Hanna Miller & Lisa Jakobsen
Don Martin
Sara Perotti
Randy Peterson
Michael & Marie Picaretta
Doyle Ray
Scott Stiteler
Carole Tonigan
Art Wadlund
Steve Wagner

Anonymous (1)
Phillip & Jenine Dalrymple – In honor of Kip Volpe
Christian Frueh
David & Ellen Goldstein
Tana Kelch & Curtis Gunn
Jean Hoffman
In memory of Alan Hull
Ross Rulney
Wendy Sandweiss
Magdalena Verdugo

Anonymous (2)
Gerald Beal
Rebekah Bedzyk
Judith Bird
Michael Bookman & Maria Pia Platia
John Burcher
Bob Capetta
Edward Chillak
Kim Dillavou
Suzy & Steve Gershman
Brian Hutcheson
Timothy Lew
Brian Longenbaugh
Kevin Milton
DL Murray
Bruce Parks & Rosalia Kame
Mike & Cassie Peel
Oscar Pena
James Polcyn & Emily Dykstra
Jim & Kim Rosborough
Amanda Shauger & Andrew Connor
Cheron Taylor & Tony Hall
Hilary & Michael Van Alsburg
Clint Wadlund
Polly White
Michelle Yakovich

Anonymous (1)
A. Barreuther
David & Billie Baker
Dr. Kathryn L. Bates
Jamie Beal
Jill & David Becker
Richard & Melissa Bratt
Mike Browning
Joseph Broschak & Peggy Fontenot
Harold M. Burchill
Don & Sheri Butler
David Byrum
Neal Cash
Curt Clark
Susan Denis
Desert Leaf
Steve Dixon
Randi Dorman & Rob Paulus
Kathleen Duerksen, MD
Terry Etherton
Albert Fiorello & Chris Apodaca
Liane Hernandez & Peter Lindquist
Gary Gaynor
Margaret Hurst Lacey
Julianne Hurst Williams & Neal Williams
Linda Hyatt
David & Lori Leary
Scott & Caroline Leonard
Mario Lizarazu
Mike & Erin Marner
Jared Moore
Jay & Tina Nierenberg
Hubert Parker
Bill Petroutson & Suzanne Westbrook
Leslie Remer
Stacia Ramiller
Richard B. Robbins
John W. Singer
Gary Spangenberg
Ronald & Marcia Spark
Stephen Thompson
Rodney Timm
Shannon Trainor
Laura Wallace

And thanks to ALL of our I Rock the Rialto Campaign donors!