The Bradford County Regional Arts Council is pleased to announce that after being shut down for over a month, the Rialto Theatre work is almost complete and the theatre will re-open on Friday, Nov. 8, with the film, "Gravity" in 3D.

In mid-September, the Theatre was shut down after then-manager Helen Stark noticed ceiling tiles had fallen in the theatre's auditorium. After further inspection, it was found that the old plaster was pulling away from the lathe underneath the newer black ceiling tiles due to age and vibrations caused by the digital sound.

"The repairs are proceeding well and the work, which included the complete removal of the existing ceiling and the reinstallation of the ceiling and lighting in the auditorium is scheduled to be complete next week and the Rialto will reopen with the movie Gravity in 3D on Friday, Nov. 8, states BCRAC Executive Director Elaine Poost.

"The cost of the ceiling repair is $34,870. An inspection of the heating system uncovered an additional issue with one of the furnaces which will be replaced in time for the reopening and has added an additional $2,600 to the current repairs."

Cost of the repairs added to the cost of the recent digital conversion at the Rialto Theatre has left a large challenge for an already tight Theatre budget.

"The recent renovations and digital conversion at the Rialto Theatre has come at a hefty sum. The work done in May and June cost nearly $70,000 bringing the total funds put into the Rialto Theatre at over $110,000 since May 2013. About half of the cost was covered by funds received from the Mott Foundation ($34,000), community donations and in an expected grant," says Poost. "The BCRAC plans to undertake some fundraising to help defray the remaining cost of over $50,000."

Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution towards the repairs at the Rialto Theatre, may send checks payable to "BCRAC" to 601 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Donors are asked to write "Rialto Support" in the memo line of their check. Donors are also able to make contributions online at, under the "Support" tab located near the top of the page. Contributions are tax-deductible.

BCRAC is also pleased to announce the hiring of Kelsey Dowling as the newest Rialto Theatre Manager. Dowling is a Canton High School graduate who has been most recently employed in the banking industry. Dowling begins her duties as Rialto Theatre Manager on Nov. 1.

The Rialto Theatre is one of three historic theatres owned and operated by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC). Established in 1976, BCRAC is a regional non-profit organization committed to the promotion and support of the arts and culture. For more information, visit BCRAC online at or

Article submitted by the BCRAC.