Philanthropist Gives Theatre A Lift

No-interest loan combined with $5,000 donation by Joan Bruzzone will go toward new elevator for New Rheem Theatre, Moraga.

The New Rheem Theatre is on its way to be a multiple-screen cinema again.

The theatre's elevator fund got a "lift," in the pun perpetrated by Ellen Beans of the Moraga Citizens Network in an email. Local philanthropist Joan Bruzzone made a one-year, no interest loan to the California Independent Film Fest for $25,000, plus a donation of $5,000.

The theatre announced last month the upstairs screens would go dark because of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim against the theatre because the old stairside elevator was not functional. Citizens are still encouraged to contribute to the fund for a new elevator for the upstairs screens with the New Rheem Theatre's red-carpet Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 24.

gavilan February 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
You can also contribute to the Rheem through the art raffle at the Moraga Art Gallery in the same Rheem Center complex. Raffle tickets are purchased and placed in boxes under various pieces of original art. At the end of the raffle period a winning ticket is drawn for each piece of art. 100% of the proceeds of the raffle go to the Rheem Theatre.
Dee February 12, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Yay for Joan Bruzzone & the Bruzzone family! Thank you!
Justine February 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Thank you Joan Bruzzone!
Tom Tolda February 13, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Thank you Joan. Very generous and caring.
Caroline February 19, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Using the term "philanthropist" is a little misleading. The $5000 is a donation and can be termed philanthropy. The $25,000 is a loan that has to be repaid and therefore fundraising will continue for the lift.
Scott Bowhay February 20, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Caroline, Joan Bruzzone has made many other significant, but quiet, gifts to the community. My guess is that she would cringe at the term "philanthropist". I know that she has been most generous with the Hacienda Foundation, not only by donation, but also by her "elbow grease" support in taking on the humble job of the dirty kitchen clean-up work at several Oktoberfests and Cinco de Mayo events. She has a tough role to play in this community...let's cut her some slack...and maybe even thank her for her support. I'll start...Thanks Joan!!!
Jose February 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM
It seems to me that Mrs. Bruzzone is leading by example, by providing a little "seed money" and the interest-free loan. Either the community will rally to support the theater or it won't. I thank her for the head start on the fundraising.
CJ February 20, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Caroline you're lack of gratitude and ignorance of finances is breathtaking. Bravo to Joan Bruzzone and her family.
sherry February 21, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Check the piece about our Rheem Theater from KGO TV: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=9000551
Jonathan Winchell March 05, 2013 at 09:43 PM
It's very good that the goal was achieved in towards to the new elevator. Thank you Joan Bruzzone! It also speaks volumes in where the town of Moraga restaurants and it's establishments are not stepping up to the plate and in my opinion they should. I don't understand that. What do you think? On a second thought I like to follow it up with a question to the New Rheem Owners, did they solicit help from Moraga Restaurants to sponsor the Oscar Event on February 24, 2013.


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