Talk On Landmark Rialto Set for Feb. 17 in El Dorado

Zoie Clift
An interesting talk about a historic landmark is
lined up for Feb. 17 in El Dorado.  On that day, The Rialto Music Hall, it’s past present and
will be presented by Richard Mason at South Arkansas Community College. Mason and his wife, Vertis, enjoy
restoring historic buildings and have restored 17 buildings in the town. As a
result, the National Main Street organization named it one of the top 5 Main
Street communities in the nation.
Currently, a three-phase program is in the
works to renovate the Rialto Theater, which was built in 1929 and is a local
landmark. It closed two years ago after being in operation for almost 90 years.
Plans are to reopen the Art Deco theater as a multi use entertainment venue.
Phase two is expected to be completed this year and phase three in 2012.
Along with restoring
buildings, Mason is the author of The Red Scarf, which is set in 1944 Arkansas.
He is CEO and President of Gibraltar Energy, a local company he started 30
years ago. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology from
the University of Arkansas and his background includes an overseas assignment
on well-sites in the Libyan Sahara Desert. In the early 1990’s he was the
president of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation and wrote a monthly column
covering state environmental issues.
The talk is scheduled to
take place at noon at South Arkansas Community College in Room 121 a the East Campus in the Center for Workforce Development at 3698 Main. It’s free
but reservations are required. For more details call 870.864.7192 or e-mail 

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