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Mudron: New Rialto management could be in by Sept. 1

Tentative review schedule announced

JOLIET – The Rialto Square Theatre is on a path to have new management in place by Sept. 1, Joliet City Councilman Pat Mudron said.

Mudron, who is the council’s liaison to the Rialto, also announced what is at least a tentative meeting schedule to review and select the third-party management company that will take over theater operations.

The new management team could start “almost immediately” after being selected, Mudron said at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

“They should have an acting manager on site before Sept. 1,” he said.

Interim General Manager Jack Ericksen, named after the board parted ways with former General Manager Randy Green in March, has said he is not interested in becoming permanent general manager.

Ericksen has said the Rialto hopes to have the management company in place by early September.

The Rialto has not yet posted a meeting schedule for review of the five companies that submitted proposals to manage the theater. Finance Manager Dale Evans confirmed Wednesday the schedule Mudron announced, although he noted the dates are tentative.

Mudron, who is on the committee that will review proposals and recommend one to the board, announced the following schedule for the process:

• On Monday, the committee reviewing the proposals will meet in an open meeting to discuss the five companies and narrow down the options to two.

• On Aug. 15, the committee will hear presentations from the two finalists.

• On Aug. 17, a vote will be held on which company to select.

Evans said there would be one more meeting in the process – the Aug. 24 Rialto board meeting. The committee, which includes the entire Rialto board, would recommend a company, and the board will make the final decision, Evans said.

The five potential management companies announced last week are: Caesars Entertainment, which owns Harrah’s Casino in Joliet; Onesti Entertainment, which owns the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles; VenuWorks in Ames, Iowa; Pinnacle Venue Services in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and SMG in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

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