Springville’s Rivoli Theater to be ren­o­vated

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

SPRINGVILLE — Springville’s his­toric Rivoli Theater, which has been on Main Street since 1927, has been va­cant since 2008 and has been leased to a new tenant with an op­tion to buy it. With that lease comes ren­o­va­tion plans by mo­tion pic­ture pro­ducer Melissa Can­non. She en­vi­sions restor­ing the theater to its his­toric charm and do­ing some up­grades to ar­eas like the re­strooms. The build­ing has been un­oc­cu­pied and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and a lot of ef­fort and ex­pense will have to go into the first phase of the ren­o­va­tion. Melissa is tar­get­ing phase one com­ple­tion by June 2018 for Art City Days. Her vi­sion of re­vi­tal­iz­ing the Springville Theater is ex­cit­ing. She has the fi­nan­cial re­sources to do it right and re­tain the art deco theme.

Melissa is be­ing as­sisted by Sareth Prab­hakar who was born in In­dia and was brought to the United States when he was 11 months old. He be­came a U.S. cit­i­zen when he was a child. He is a grad­u­ate of BYU and his in­ter­est is in bring­ing mu­sic groups to the theater.

Daryl Tucker who is pres­i­dent of the Springville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has a com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge of the Rivoli Theater’s his­tory. He has been in­volved in ef­forts to bring the theater back to life for many years. Melissa Can­non ap­pre­ci­ates the his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive and wants to bring back to the theater peo­ple who have been in­volved with the Rivoli over the past decades to cre­ate a hu­man in­ter­est story. This would be a very in­ter­est­ing ren­o­va­tion re­al­ity TV show and could gen­er­ate ad­di­tional fund­ing for the ren­o­va­tion.

In the fu­ture Melissa sees the Rivoli Theater show­ing in­de­pen­dent films, as well as sched­ul­ing live theater per­for­mances. She even­tu­ally wants to bring a film Fes­ti­val event to the Rivoli. This is go­ing to be a great ad­di­tion

to Main Street Art City. Serve Daily will be fol­low­ing the re­mod­el­ing and re­open­ing of the Rivoli Theater in the months ahead.

The Rivoli Theater ren­o­va­tion team. L to R: Daryl Tucker, Melissa Can­non, Sareth Prab­hakar Photo: Ed Helmick

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