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DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS will be shown as part of the Home for the Holidays celebration at the Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm. This movie is being sponsored by State Farm Agent John Wright.

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

This 2000 American Christmas comedy film was directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. The film was a box office success, grossing $260 million in the United States and over $345 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time, with Home Alone being the first. Experience the magic with this classic Christmas movie.

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REO SPEEDWAGON visits the Rialto Square Theatre with a performance you do not want to miss on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm, presented by VenuWorks and NiteLite Promotions.

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band for whom the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band.

Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out”, “Keep On Loving You,” “Take it On The Run,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Time For Me To Fly,” and “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” followed. REO rode the top of the charts with 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity, which sold a RIAA-certified 22 million albums in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

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First Midwest Bank will be sponsoring three events for the Rialto Square Theatre’s 2017 Home for the Holidays. This season long holiday event starting November 13 and continuing through December 16 encompasses many activities including concerts, movies and social events. Generations of Joliet area residents have included the Rialto Square Theatre in their holiday plans.

First Midwest Bank’s sponsorship includes the following events – the Nutcracker, on Wednesday November 26: Cirque Holidaze, on Wednesday December 13, and Colors of Christmas, on Friday, December 15.

First Midwest Bank has been a friend of the Rialto Square Theatre for many years. By contributing to the success of the Rialto, we’re helping to fulfill our corporate mission of helping our clients achieve success. Home for the Holidays will allow the holiday traditions of many Joliet and Will County residents to continue and will make this holiday season extra special,” said Jim Roolf of First Midwest Bank.

“We’re excited to have First Midwest Bank sponsor three of our events during our ‘Home for the Holidays…at the Rialto’ program. The three events promise to be really great family entertainment, First Midwest’s commitment to the greater Joliet area community is exemplary,” said Jack Ericksen, Marketing & Development Director Rialto Square Theatre.


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE visits the Rialto Square Theatre with its critically exclaimed extravaganza on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

It’s a cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” Don’t miss the international sensation that “Dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” according to the Washington Post. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2017, Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza and is sponsored by First Midwest Bank. Bring the whole family and enjoy the beauty of a Cirque show right in Joliet.

Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don’t miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa. Cirque Dreams Holidaze soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions will leave you mesmerized.

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THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS, AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS AND GREAT HITS visits the Rialto Square Theatre with a concert for family and friends on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

The Colors of Christmas, is a night of Christmas – A Celebration of Holiday Spirit. Be part of this exciting tour, by joining with family and friends to experience the harmony and joy of the Christmas season and to bring the message of Good Will and Peace on Earth. Staring Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley, this Christmas concert is sponsored by First Midwest Bank.

Starting in December 1992 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as a benefit for U.N.I.C.E.F., the tour now includes the 2003 American Idol-winning romantic balladry of Ruben Studdard. He has warmed the hearts of his huge fan base with five albums including his coronation song “Flying Without Wings” which reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In a time of year when everyone joins together in a festive holiday mood, and with family spirit more important than ever, ‘The Colors of Christmas’ is a special holiday event that will touch the hearts of people of all ages in a magical evening filled with Christmas music and hit songs.

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The Teddy Bear Tea will be hosted at the Rialto Square Theatre on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am 12:00 pm.

Make holiday memories in the Rialto’s enchanted storybook setting. Surrounded by chandeliers, soaring archways and grand columns young and old alike will enjoy this magical setting for brunch. Gather round the beautiful Rialto Tree nestled under the “Duchess,” a magnificent crystal chandelier, and enjoy delicious food and fun activities complete with a special appearance by St. Nick himself and a keepsake Rialto Bear for each child.

This Teddy Bear Tea is an opportunity to bring your special princes and princesses to this holiday wonderland to make memories that will last a lifetime! It is graciously sponsored by ExxonMobil. Be sure to attend this holiday favorite and experience the magic!

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