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Reclamation Project Raising Funds for Historic Rialto Theater

For exactly a decade, the Reclamation Project has been raising funds to restore the historic Rialto Theater in Downtown Fort Wayne.
For exactly a decade, the Reclamation Project has been raising funds to restore the historic Rialto Theater in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Summit City native Dan Butler, a former actor on the hit TV series Frasier, visited the theater to raise awareness of the project.

The Rialto Theater, built in 1924 is just a skeleton of the place it used to be.  Actor Dan Butler visited the theater for the first time since watching movies at the Rialto in his childhood.

"It's startling seeing it gutted, because my memories are of the screen and filled with people."

The Reclamation Project has been able to remodel the front entry but still has 3 large phases left to complete.  Executive Director Angie Harrison would love to see more people get involved.

"We think that it belongs to the community.  We all need to own this place, and we all need to contribute to its rebirth."

With ceilings caving in above the balcony, crumbling brick, and missing walls, the theater needs a lot of repair, but it's evident that this could be a beautiful venue once again."

"Even stripped down to its bones, it's waiting, ready to be reclaimed."

Once the theater is restored, it will serve as a cultural venue hosting live events and a safe.  If you would like to be involved in the restoration, please contact the Reclamation Project on their website.
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