The Next "Stage"
in the Rialto Story
I know the rumor has been out there for a while now, and while there is still no official announcement from the church, I can confirm that Mosaic Church has signed a lease with the owners of the Rialto Theatre. I do not know specific details, I do know that they are leasing the entire building including retail spaces and the old apartments above.
I have been in communication with them since December when I gave them their first tour. At the time they expressed interest in working together in some way. We are hoping to be as involved as possible with this next stage in the Rialto's story.
Friends of the Rialto has presented the Mosaic Church team and the Rialto's owners with a proposal to consult with them during the restoration phase, and to help program the theatre on days and nights when the church is not using it. Our goal is to ensure the Rialto is protected and restored as accurately as possible, and eventually used for public events as much as possible.
While I admit to being sad that our plan did not receive the major financial support we had hoped for, we are VERY grateful to the donors who gave what they did. Your donations will be held for future restoration projects at the Rialto. Each and every one of you is a special Friend of the Rialto. Thank you.
We are also grateful to the Rialto Theatre's owners for allowing us complete access to the Rialto, giving us more than a year to look for that support, present fundraising events, etc. Our primary mission as advocates for the theatre does not stop here, if anything, it is even more important to keep a vigilant eye on all things happening at the Rialto.
We look forward to continue working with the owners, and hope that a positive collaboration with Mosaic Church can be established so that together we can bring the Rialto Theatre back to life!
Escott O. Norton
Founder and President, Friends of the Rialto
Friends of the Rialto supports all of the performing arts in South Pasadena and even though the Rialto stage is not part of the Eclectic Music Festival, we hope it will be in the future! For now, come enjoy multiple stages of music all over the town, booths from local artists and craftspeople, etc. It's a really fun evening!
LA LA Land Under the Stars!
If you haven't seen the Rialto in LA LA Land or want to see it again, it is available on video 4/25. Even better, see it on a huge outdoor screen at Street Food Cinema's Opening Night Special Presentation
at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, near Downtown LA.
See our exclusive LALALand photos provided by Academy Award winning production designer Davis Wasco, at our PHOTOS
We Are still Accepting Donations
While the original goal of our online campaign was to raise startup funds in order to take on the lease, we are still accepting donations that will be held for advocacy and restoration projects. There are many examples of advocacy groups taking on special restoration projects that might not be done without these funds.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can accept donations by check via the mail while we revamp our online campaign.
Checks should be sent to:
"Friends of the Rialto"
707 S. Broadway, Suite 1225
Los Angeles, CA, 90014
Thank you for your support!
The Shomof Family, owners of the Rialto, for their continued support by allowing us to use the Rialto Theatre for our fundraising events,
The City of South Pasadena, the South Pasadena Police, Fire and Planning Departments for helping us to make these events possible,
Ryan Luevano and Jackie Brenneman, my partners in creating our unique business plan, and to YOU, the FRIENDS OF THE RIALTO,
for your continuous support over the years.
Please help spread the word about our efforts. Forward this email to others who might be interested, and urge them to sign up on our website
and join our Facebook Page
Thank you for your support!