Pocahontas Theater Selected as Winner of a Community Enhancement Award

An area theater is among three recipients of the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s 2023 Community Enhancement Awards.

The Rialto Theater in Pocahontas is one of this year’s winners in the “Historic Vitalization” category. The winners will accept their awards at the AIA Iowa Awards Celebration next Thursday, September 21st. The winners were chosen for their role in bettering Iowa communities through architecture.

The Rialto Theater has been operating almost continuously since 1939. Approximately 75-thousand dollars was recently invested in the building’s historic marquee. Renovations this past year included new poster cases, painting of the marquee letters, and updating fluorescent and neon lights with LED bulbs or LED tube lighting that maintained the theater’s original look and feel.


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