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Joe Downtown: $175,000 raised for Huntridge Theater; now it’s time to celebrate

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The Huntridge Theater marquee advertises a website seeking support in its preservation Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Huntridge Theater Tour

Michael Cornthwaite gives Edythe Katz, one of the early owners of the the Huntridge Theater, a tour of the dilapidated theater Thursday, June 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Call it the after-party.

Capping a five-week, online fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 toward revival of the historic Huntridge Theater, people are invited to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway, to revel in the accomplishment Thursday.

The campaign used the services of Indiegogo.com to raise, at last count, about $175,000 from some 640 people.

Volunteers and community members are invited to the 5:30-7:30 p.m. event.

There will be more than celebration, though.

Downtown businessman Michael Cornthwaite, who partnered with event planner Joey Vanas to create Huntridge Revival LLC, said another big announcement will be made regarding hundreds of thousands of dollars of in-kind contributions — engineering, lighting and more — coming in from local businesses to help the theater revival effort.

After the event, people are invited to the Huntridge Tavern, 1116 E Charleston Blvd., about two blocks south of the center, for more celebration.

The online campaign was needed to raise money for initial services, such as soil testing and architectural renderings. Millions more are needed to purchase the property ($4 million) and renovation ($11 million).

Opened 69 years ago, the theater at Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard has been out of operation for nearly 10 years.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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  1. This is good news. Hopefully the Huntridge will not become another victim of 'progress' leaving Las Vegans with even few vestiges of its historical past.

  2. @777,

    You are inaccurate in all of your comments including the purchase price (which was made public months ago),the appraised value, and the fact that we DID have an appraisal....so 0 for 3. The 501c(3) questions have been answered repeatedly. We have had numerous public forums and lots of factual information has been disbursed, but still a few choose not to read or attend.

    This process would be so much better if the skeptics and "professionals" would just ask questions instead of making false statements.

    We are going to do everything we can to make this theater happen with or without you. We welcome critics, but at least use a few facts.

  3. "We welcome critics, but at least use a few facts."

    Cornthwaite -- welcome to the herd. I'm glad I don't have to deal with them for a living.

    I live near the Huntridge. Good luck with that!

    "...how little does the common herd know of the nature of right and truth." - Socrates in Plato's "Euthyphro" (399 B.C.E.?)