Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Residents in and around Springville, the Art City of Utah, need a permanent venue for the performing arts and cultural events. The city purchased the historic Rivoli Theater in 2008, but it remains closed and inoperable due to lack of funding for necessary renovations.
The Rivoli Theater Restoration Committee formed under the city’s guidance to accelerate the conversion of the Rivoli Theater into a vibrant community performing arts center.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
The Rivoli Committee is an ad-hoc group of local volunteers who understand the need for a community performing arts center in the Art City. We are working together with Springville City to expedite the theater’s renovation and breathe more life into Main Street. Our functions include:
The biggest question everyone is asking is how the theater will function as a “Community Performing Arts Center” when we’re done?
The short answer is that the Rivoli Theater will be utilized for multiple functions to serve as many Springville residents and surrounding arts communities as possible. The theater will not be a money-maker but it must have a sustainable financial plan for the future. A certain amount of the operating costs will come from the city budget, but the bulk of it is expected to come from theater rental fees, grants, and ongoing fundraising. After the operational model is finalized, we will be able to share more detailed information.
The reality is that the theater needs significant renovation. On June 5, 2012, the Springville City Council approved our committee’s proposal to move forward with the renovation in phases. This will allow us to make progress on the building as funds are raised rather than waiting until all the money is raised before proceeding.
We are currently in Phase II (nicknamed “Raise the Roof“) with the fundraising goal at 40% completion.
Phase I (Complete)
Cost estimate: $20,000
Actual cash and in-kind donations utilized: $10,000
Funding from grants utilized: $9,999
Phase II (Current)
Cost estimate: $35,000
Funds available as of 9/25/2012: $13,837.94
$21,162.06 still needed in cash, in-kind donations and grants
Phase III (2013-2014)
Cost estimate: $618,000
Phase IV (2015)
Phase V (2015)
The year 2015 will be here before we know it. Will you help us Raise the Roof by the end of 2012 so that we can stay on track?
Until online donations are available, please download the donation form and then mail it in with your donation or drop it off at the main city office. Every dollar counts!
You can also help by sharing your excitement about the theater with your friends and family. The more our community understands the future possibilities, the faster we can make this happen!
Friday, September 21st, 2012
If you’re visiting this site because you came across our “Raise the Roof” flyer, welcome! More details below.
A new roof is the priority as we proceed with our phased renovation plan. Before we can address the major overhauls of the electrical and HVAC systems on the inside, we need to stop the damage that is actively occurring to our historic building thanks to the roof being in bad shape. It’s not just leaking… it’s eating away the mortar between the bricks that make up the walls of the building.
That’s bad news.
But you know what could make it worse? The coming winter. Rain, ice, and especially a heavy snow will not only ensure that the leaks get worse and more erosion occurs. Winter weather could cause the roof to collapse. And that would certainly delay the renovation—or worse, stop it all together.
Want to hear some good news?
We are a strong community in Springville, and we are capable of raising funds and grants in a short period of time. Yes, we are trying to raise $30,000 in order to repair the roof. We’re about a third of the way there, but not all of that money needs to be raised in the form of cash. It could be in building materials or construction services (called “in-kind” donations). However you donate, it’s tax-deductible.
The $30,000 we raise will actually do more than just fix the roof and set the stage (ha! theater pun!) for future renovation phases. Our architect (a Springville resident who is volunteering his time and services, just like the rest of us) has determined that the best use of funds would be to add steel structural support to the building while the roof is off, dropping it in from the top. Earthquake protection, anyone?! There are additional benefits to installing a completely new roof instead of doing yet another cheap patch-up job. With the full $30,000 in cash and in-kind donations, we can also install an insulation layer that will improve energy efficiency of the building and save money longer term.
If you want to help us save the theater for our future, please spread the word (pssst…. we’re on facebook) about our fundraising campaign and help us connect with the right people! Online donations are coming soon… until then, you can download the donation flyer and send it in with a check.
We could use more volunteers, too. Email email@example.com for more information.
Download the “Raise the Roof” flyer image to share! Print it, email it, whatever. Raise awareness so that we can Raise the Roof!
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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
We are undergoing some website improvements right now, so watch for those soon! In the meantime, thank you for your patience with some of the quirky elements of our website. We look forward to the photo uploading feature being fixed and offering you the ability to donate online.
Until then, you can follow along right here on our blog or “like” us on Facebook to stay on top of the theater news.
Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Thanks to all who stopped by the theater during Springville’s very first Heritage Days! While the free cake and root beer were being served just up the street, we enjoyed speaking with those of you who wandered down the Historic 200-block of Main Street.
We especially appreciate some donations from kind citizens! Every dollar counts. Thank you.
Next time you walk by the theater, be sure to read the information that’s posted in the windows. We’re going to do our best to keep that updated with information and maybe even some fun posters. Maybe even some photos from the community photo project… boy, there sure is a lot to keep our volunteers busy!
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
We had a lot of fun at our booth during our first day at Art City Days! This year we have 3D Fireworks glasses available for a $2 donation, T-shirts for a $10 donation, and an ACTUAL theater chair at the booth! Yes, you can sit in it and feel the future! The Art Deco style chair is one of several hundred that were donated to the Rivoli from Ogden High School in excellent condition. With a $250 donation, you can sponsor one and a brass plaque with your personalized message will be placed on the back!
Aside from fundraising, we are also involved in a very interesting community photo project. We are asking everyone who comes to the booth to answer the following question:
What would YOU want to see or do at Springville’s Rivoli Theater once it opens?
Then, if the person is willing, they write their answer on a dry erase board and step into our little photo booth. We are taking photos of community members holding up the dry erase board with their answer on it! We will upload these to this website (link coming soon) and to our Facebook page. This collection of photos will help us understand what people from all walks of life really want out of the local community theater space. After all, it’s for the community!
Kids have another fun option – they can draw their answer on a special coloring page and take it home. With parents’ permission, we will take their photograph holding up their artwork. The coloring page is an empty stage to allow kids ample space to exercise their imagination. Okay, and some adults also enjoy coloring their answer on a souvenir page!
Overall, we’re having fun and really trying to spread the word. A lot of people don’t even know that the theater exists, or that the city has approved a plan to make the renovation move along faster. So if you’re reading this right now and excited about the theater coming to life again, please “like” us on Facebook, visit our booth, and stay in touch! We’ll try to get the first round of community photo project images uploaded before Art Citys is over.