New roof first step to restoring Rivoli Theatre

December 26, 2013
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
REW_rivoli_15col

One of the first significant steps in restoring the historic but dilapidated Rivoli Theatre on the city’s near-east side is almost finished.

Officials of the not-for-profit that owns the building, the Rivoli Center for the Performing Arts Inc., say a new roof should be installed on the building by the first of the year.

A Community Development Block Grant covered $300,000 of the cost. The group also received a $40,000 loan from Indiana Landmarks.

“Clearly, getting a roof on the building has been one of our major priorities,” said Mark Dollase, Indiana Landmarks’ vice president of preservation services and a director of the Rivoli Center. “This is huge for us and hopefully for the community, because we eventually want the building to serve some sort of purpose for the east side.”

The group has a long way to go, however. The total cost to renovate the Rivoli could run $5 million, with much of that still needing to be raised.

Next up on the group’s wish list: restoring the original marquee and the sign that sits above it, both of which date to the post-World War II era. Cost is estimated at about $100,000, Dollase said.

The building at 3155 E. 10th St. has been vacant since 1992. But the building’s supporters hope the new roof is the first step in revitalizing what was once the neighborhood’s crown jewel. It was built in 1927 as a single-screen movie house by Universal Pictures, seating 1,500.

“The ideal thing would be to restore it as it was in 1927, as a single-screen theater,” Dollase said. “But it’s highly unlikely in today’s market, the way movie theaters are done, a single-screen theater most likely couldn’t survive in that setting.”

A more logical use for the building might be an art center or restaurant, he said.
 

ADVERTISEMENT
  • Wonderfully exciting news!
    This is great as so many have been working hard for this (but none as hard as Mark). Congratulations on the first steps in an amazing and worthwhile project
  • seems pricey
    I get that this is a historic site, and yes, the neighborhood could use the help. $5 Million for a restaurant though? Please tell me he was kidding.
    • Agree with Charlie
      Totally agree with Charlie. $5 Million dollars towards a historically insignificant building is a lot of cash. Step back and look at that building and is there anything really worth saving other than memories? Tear 'er down and use the cash for a better purpose. In a perfect world, restore it at any expense. But in the real world, that cash has a better use than restoring that old building.
    • Sydney Roof Restoration
      Without regular maintenance, it will start to deteriorate. Once it starts to deteriorate, it will no longer be able to give your home the protection that it needs. Rain may begin to seep in and damage other parts of the house.

    Post a comment to this blog

    COMMENTS POLICY
    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
     
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
     
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
     
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
     
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
     

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    ADVERTISEMENT
    1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

    2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

    3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

    4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

    5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

    ADVERTISEMENT