History of the Paul G.Reitz Theater

1884

The new church at 36 Scribner Avenue constructed of handmade bricks from a brickyard is dedicated as

St. Paul's Evangelical 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.