CRI gets $300,000 grant to construct new Reitz Theater addition | Information

DuBOIS — Cultural Means Inc. (CRI), the guardian firm for the Reitz Theater, has been…

DuBOIS — Cultural Means Inc. (CRI), the guardian firm for the Reitz Theater, has been awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Growth (DCED) in the total of $300,000 to fund the building of a new facility adjacent to the present home on Scribner Avenue, DuBois.

The beloved neighborhood theater was created with handmade bricks in 1884 for use as St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The historic building is more than 125 many years aged and grew to become household to the CRI and the Reitz Theater Players (RTP) in the early 1990s. Group associates have identified their dwelling at the Reitz with multiple roles: acting, producing, directing, taking classes and giving high-quality group theater to the spot.

“We’ve noticed numerous variations to our cultural space because we obtained the setting up again in 1991, but none pretty as profound as this possibility. I am proud, grateful and blessed to do the job with these devoted men and women and this sort of a supportive group,” said Lisa Rutherford, CRI president and founding member.

At the moment, all set-creating is finished on the stage, restricting rehearsal space and the quantity of reveals able of planning at one time. The developing will provide the theater with a put for established design, more rehearsal area, increased exhibit ability, and accessibility to the stage. Moreover, CRI will be capable to provide in exterior schooling, expertise and specialist tours.

Growth Committee Chair, Debbie Wirths, explained, “We want to thank our board associates, volunteers, patrons and area businesses for creating this extended time aspiration a truth. The dedication of the households and men and women since we commenced this marketing campaign has been a legitimate blessing to the Reitz Theater and the arts local community. The efforts to secure these cash has been concerted and concentrated on contributing to the arts in our area community and The Reitz Theater is most grateful.”

This venture has been in the is effective due to the fact 2016, when the CRI Board of Trustees commenced the Increasing Star Capital Campaign. In excess of a 3-yr period this marketing campaign was equipped to elevate somewhere around $140,000 mainly because of the generous aid of the neighborhood and Reitz Theater patrons. CRI also acknowledged previous condition Sen. Joe Scarnati for his support previous yr in acquiring the grant.

KTH Architects, found on Kiwanis Trail in DuBois, has been awarded the bid with development slated to start off this fall.

“We are quite thrilled to function with a nearby, skilled agency to place up the new creating. We are a smaller community theater and to be in a position to function with other community firms is crucial to us,” said Joe Sensor, past president.

The Marketing and advertising to Entice Visitors Method employed for the grant delivers funding to build packages to assist global tourism, sports advertising and marketing, outside recreation, and cultural points of interest, per the DCED pointers.