Unions Make Donation to Rialto Square Theatre


Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local #124 and Will-Grundy Central Trades and Labor Council attended the meeting for the Rialto Square Theatre Board.  At that meeting 2 checks in the total amount of $1,000 dollars were donated to the Will County Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority Board.  The money is to be used only for Union repairs made to the Rialto Square Theatre.

The Rialto Square Theatre was opened in May of 1926. It has stood firm as a Cornerstone Symbol of Strength to the culture of Joliet and Will County.  Over the years the Rialto has hosted countless numbers of Famous Celebrities and because of its magnificent architectural beauty is now being used by the film industry.  This April the Television series of “EMPIRE” will be showing a segment that was filmed in the theatre.   When filming in the Joliet area for the week there is an economic boost to the local economy.  The additional work force will use our downtown parking decks, gas stations, restaurants, stores, and stay at our local hotels.  Joliet Stagehands Local #124 has proudly held a Union Contract with the Rialto Square Theatre from the day it opened and still works professionally behind the scenes to make the magic happen on stage.

Front Row L – R:  David J. Thornton, Secretary; Daniel L. Vera, Chairman

Back Row: L – R: Randall L. Green, WCMEAA General Manager; Ed Rachel, IATSE Local 124 President; Cynthia S. Tyler, Vice-Chair; Mary C. Babich, Board Member; G. Vicky Murphy, Board Member; Patrick Mudron, City of Joliet City Council Liaison

Not in photo Tim Kelly, Secretary/Treasurer IATSE. Photo taken by IATSE staff photographer Tyler Kelly.

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