Paul G. Reitz Theater in DuBois, PA

 

Side notes ...

reitz Theater steeple
The iconic Reitz steeple

Through the years, both the interior and exterior of the Paul G. Reitz Theater has seen improvements and renovations.

From cosmetic to practical to lighting, sound system, and even air conditioning, these changes help the Reitz Theater Players bring you the best entertainment in the most comfortable and dynamic environment.

Most recently, in 2013 and 2014, the Reitz has had complete overhauls in the auditorium and the dressing room.

Patron and sponsor funding, along with important grants and endowments, make all of this possible as well as bringing to life future improvements and endeavors.

As always, the Tri-County area and community's support is greatly appreciated as well as the helping hands that make bringing you the finest entertainment at a great value a star worth reaching for.

On behalf of RTP and CRI ,
Thank you.
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- Dave Clark

To learn more about this theatre located in this historical building, or any historical locations in DuBois, PA, stop by the DuBois Area Historical Society located on West Long Avenue in Downtown DuBois. They are a strong supporter of the Reitz Theater.

DuBois Area Historical Society

Reitz Theater Rising Star

The Paul G. Reitz Theater: A Chronological History
1884
The new church at 36 Scribner Avenue constructed of handmade bricks from a brickyard is dedicated as
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
St Paul's Lutheran Church
1888
A devastating downtown fire leaves the church unscathed, one of the few structures left in DuBois.
1992

Cultural Resources, Inc. (CRI), a nucleus representing professional, educational, business, and other segments of the community, elects its first officers:  Ben Simpson (president), David Wilshire (vice-president), Jackie Syktich (secretary), and Mary Reay Scherer (treasurer).

With only $300 in the bank and a dream, CRI's Board of Directors negotiates a contract to purchase the Cornerstone Church and parsonage.  The deposit?  $1.00.  Renovations begin.

The stage is built and the first performance in the theater "Magnolias" is presented.

1993

Stage lighting and a control booth are added.

Dedication ceremonies are held naming the structure "The Paul G. Reitz Theater" in honor of DuBois businessman and philanthropist Paul Reitz.

1995

Seats purchased from the old Harris Theater in the Pershing Hotel building are reupholstered and brass plates are attached with the donor's names installed.  New carpeting completes the picture.

The Cornerstone Church congregation relocates.  For the first time, the Reitz is not a Theater/Church.

1996
"Showcase of Stars," only one of several benefit performances to raise funds for the theater is produced.  Among the many talented stars is Shawn Daly, who returned in May, 1998 for a concert at completion of the project.
1998
DuBois Community Theater (DCT) changes its name and status to become the Reitz Theater Players.
2003
through
2005

With a surge of new talent and popular shows, the Reitz Theater Players reach new audiences and a sharp rise in attendence.
2006
A new and soon to be imitated format of entertainment, "ReAct", is introduced to patrons and with it comes an influx of fresh talent to the Reitz stage. The ReAct format of one-acts and short plays allows for the first original material to be introduced to pleased patrons.
2013
Through a critical connection of Reitz Theater Players and local film makers, the first film festival is shown at the Reitz. The seeds are planted for local filmmaking and acting opportunities.
2014
The auditorium is renovated including new flooring and carpeting.
2016
A new HVAC system is installed with funding from the Rising Star campaign. Scaffolding makes the setting of lights easier and safer. Work begins on moving the tech booth to the ground floor bringing accessibility and safety to tech crew.
 
For advertising, sponsoring, or ticket information contact:
Mary Beth Geppert
CRI Arts Manager
Reitz Theater Players Dramaturge
Box Office Hours are
Thursdays 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Other Office Hours Available by Appointment

814-375-4CRI (4274)   thereitztheater@gmail.com
 
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