The proposed remodel of downtown's dormant Huntridge Theater would include a "food and beverage outlet." The latest push to restore the long-shuttered theater includes a new crowd-funding campaign to engage local Las Vegans.
Team leaders include Life Is Beautiful founder Rehan Choudhry, First Friday Las Vegas managing partner Joey Vanas and Michael Cornthwaite, the owner of the Downtown Cocktail Room and co-owner of Emergency Arts, The Beat Coffeehouse & Records and Oscar's Beef, Booze & Broads.
The theater complex would host live music, performing arts and film events and a music education facility.
The Save The Historic Huntridge Theater! project estimates the remodel will require a $12 million to $15 million investment. This initial fundraising goal of $150,000 serves to create awareness and gauge local reaction. The backers believe if they can't locally raise 1 percent of the total needed, the project's true viability is in question. A range of "perks" for contributing range from a poster for a $5 investment to future assigned parking spaces for donation of $5,000 and above. The deadline for crossing the $150,000 barrier is July 17.
The Huntridge Theater opened in 1944 and closed in 2004. Listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, the space has a potential 1,600-guest capacity.
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