318 E. Congress Street
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The Rialto Theatre Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the stewardship and management of the historic Rialto Theatre. The Foundation is managed by Executive Director Douglas Biggers and Programming Director Curtis McCrary, with the support of an all-volunteer board of directors.
The current Rialto era began in 2002 when former Tucson Weekly publisher Doug Biggers, along with his partnership Congress Street Investors, purchased the entirety of the Rialto block excepting the Theatre itself, which remained in Bear and Schoonover’s hands until this past summer. Biggers ultimately negotiated a deal in which the city of Tucson, under the auspices of the Rio Nuevo revitalization project, purchased the Theatre and allowed funds for more extensive renovation, in turn leasing it to Biggers’ Rialto Theatre Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that is the Rialto’s operator today.