RESTORATION EFFORTS & THE FUTURE
The Rivoli closed in 1992 and was listed on Indiana Landmark’s 10 Most Endangered List two years in a row in 2015 and 2016.
Replacing the roofs that collapsed over both the theatre portion and main entrance was the priority which helped ensure that the Rivoli was stabilized for a future reuse.
Since 2007 there has been nearly $500,000 of investment into the restoration of the Rivoli which was made possible by Federal Community Block Development Grants issued through the City of Indianapolis and support from the Efroymson Family Fund. Indiana Landmarks has also provided financial, administrative, and directional support.
JOHN NEIGHBORHOOD BONER CENTERS AND THE LILLY ENDOWMENT INVESTMENT
In December 2018, Lilly Endowment announced that John Boner Neighborhood Centers was awarded a $4.3 million grant through its Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation Initiative. The focus of this grant was specifically on 10th Street and to increase arts access and programming along the corridor. A portion of the grant from Lilly Endowment was dedicated to conducting a reuse study for the Rivoli Theatre and to restore the historic Rivoli marquee.
In April 2019, John Boner Neighborhood Centers issued a national Request for Proposals (RFP) for a reuse consultant for the Rivoli Theatre. A total of (10) local and regional submissions were received and (4) firms were interviewed. DLR Group was selected as the consultant engaged to complete a reuse study. DLR Group had an impressive portfolio of comparable historic theatre reuse projects and work with arts districts throughout the country. DLR Group with engaged in July 2019 and their work will conclude by the end of 2019. Their scope will include case studies of comparable projects, robust community engagement sessions at both the civic and neighborhood level, the creation of viable reuse scenarios, a capital plan and operating proformas. A Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the City, eastside residents and 10 East project team leaders will help guide this reuse work.
Additional updates and information on the Rivoli can be found here.