Huntridge Theatre

Constructed: 1943-1944**Materials and labor in short supply due to war.
Opening Date: October 10, 1944; believed to be oldest operating theater in southern Nevada until its closure
Closing Date: July 31, 2004
Architect: S. Charles Lee
Builder: Pioneer Construction Co.
Interior Designer: A.B. Heinsbergen, Beverly Hills, CA
Listed On: 1)      National Register of Historic Places of United States Department of the Interior, National Parks Service2)      Nevada Register of Historic Places
Address: 1208 E. Charleston Blvd., Charleston Blvd. and Maryland Parkway cross-streets
Legal parcel No.: 162-0211-0018; 162-0211-0015; 162-0211-0017; 162-0211-0016
Site Size: Approx. 2 acres
Building Size:  10,232 net square feet
Tower Height: 75 feet
Auditorium seating capacity: Approx. 1,000 seats; had 800 fixed
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture/Theater; Served as movie house for initial five decades, turned into performing arts center in 1992
Architectural Classification: Modern movement/ modern and international style* 

*As the depression decade of the 1930s progressed, Americans saw a new aspect of the Art Deco style emerge in the marketplace: Streamlining. The Streamlining concept was first created by industrial designers who stripped Art Deco design of its ornament in favor of the aerodynamic pure-line concept of motion and speed developed from scientific thinking. Cylindrical forms and long horizontal windowing also may be influenced by constructivism.

 

Materials: Foundation – concrete, Walls – concrete and brick, Roof – asphalt
Statement of Significance: Property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.
Historic Operating Timeline Facts: Original builder and proprietor was Commonwealth Las Vegas Theater, Inc.; officers at time of opening: President, C.A. Shultz, Vice-President and General Manager, O.K. Mason, and A.J. Simmons, who managed building from construction phase to opening 

In 1951, the Huntridge Development Co. assumed operations and included partial owners Loretta Young and Irene Dunne, Hollywood actresses

 

1951-1978, Lloyd and Edith Katz leased and operated the theater.

 

1978-79: Frank Salvaggio, a Las Vegas contractor, purchased the theater; he turned single theater into two smaller screened theaters; declined in popularity with rise of multi-theater complexes in 1980s

 

1990: Theater closed

 

1992: Purchased by nonprofit Friends of Huntridge; restored as single theater building by Richard and Tamara Lenz in January 1992

 

July 28, 1995: Roof collapse occurs.

 

2002: Sold to Mizrachi family; operated as music venue until July 2004; closed ever since.

 

July 2012: The Huntridge Foundation, the nonprofit dedicated to documenting the theatre’s history and preserving it, incorporated with the state of Nevada.

 

March 2013: Huntridge Revival, LLC files with state of Nevada and enters into real estate negotiations with the Mizrachi family owners to purchase theatre for $4 million.

 

June 2013: Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds as litmus test of public’s desire to revive the Huntridge by the Huntridge Revival, LLC.

 

2014 (present day): Huntridge Revival raising capital funds to purchase and renovate theatre.

 

May 2014: City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission grants $1 million to City of Las Vegas for escrow account to be set aside toward land purchase of theatre. (ongoing development)

 

July 2014: The Huntridge Foundation receives official tax exemption status from the IRS.

 

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