Even the most optimistic member of the Downtown Tucson booster club can get a bit disillusioned by the endless conversations regarding the future of our city’s core. As years of unfulfilled promises mount, it’s easy for residents and business owners to develop a cynical view about Rio Nuevo and downtown revitalization efforts.

However, it seems that many people in the area with an interest in entertainment are sensing a tangible transformation. We check in with some of the anchors of the downtown entertainment district, The Rialto Theater, Club Congress, and The Screening Room, to see how they’ve weathered the economic hardships of recent times, and find out what they have to say about future prospects for development.

Fox Theatre Tucson