New Effort Launched to Save Old Vegas Theater

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A group has launched a campaign to save the shuttered Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas.

Joey Vanas told KSNV-TV that his group wants to restore the building to its original glory so it can be used for concerts, performing arts and other activities.

He's a partner in the newly formed Huntridge Revival LLC, which has secured a purchase contract on the theater and adjoining buildings.

The Huntridge first opened as a movie theater in 1944 and later became a venue for rock concerts. It has been closed since a roof collapse in 2004.

Vanas thinks the effort to save the building is a natural with redevelopment going on in downtown Las Vegas.

His group began an online fundraising campaign Friday, giving fans of the old building a chance to donate.

But the group says renovation costs are estimated at $15 million, and the online fundraising is only expected to bring in a small portion of that.

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