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Prepping Iconic Del Rio For The Future
There were several chairs to choose from during the parking lot sale this past Saturday where the Friends of Jacob Myers Park had several items for sale from the old Del Rio Theatre. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS

The parking lot of the Del Rio was filled with a variety of chairs, tables, and other items that were for sale at reasonable prices this past Saturday. In an effort between the City of Riverbank and the Friends of Jacob Myers Park, the building is being emptied in preparation for the new owners that have purchased the Del Rio. The sale is pending and they have not disclosed what the future holds for the iconic theater-turned restaurant-turned Bingo Hall and community theater. It has been vacant now for a number of years.

The Friends of Jacob Myers Park manned the sale on April 23 with about eight members on hand to greet customers including Scott McRitchie, Cal Campbell, Leanne Jones Cruz, and Marilyn Zinner.

“The sale went very well thanks to the help of the Riverbank Recreation Department lending us a couple of employees to set up and take down and the eight “Friends” members who manned the sales lot,” added McRitchie. “Most of the couple of hundred items sold, with about 15 chairs and a couple of desks remaining at closing time.”

The group raised over $650 through the purchases of the items that were for sale and a generous couple that stopped by the sale donated $100 but did not buy anything.

The funds raised will help the Friends organization make improvements to Jacob Myers Park along with access to the 47 acres in the back with more parking.

There were all types of chairs for sale like desk chairs with wheels, conference chairs, and dining chairs in an assortment of colors. People also purchased large tables, a few desks, wall pictures, stationary items, and storage furniture.

“The number of buyers was relatively small, but their purchases were large, some buying 20 chairs at a time, and half of the tables, which moved the inventory quickly,” said McRitchie. “The items that were not sold were put back into the Del Rio and will be disposed of by the City. What was left was by and large, pretty junky.”