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Joe Downtown: Production company seeks Huntridge memories

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Leila Navidi

First opened as a movie theater in 1944, the Huntridge played host to bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Green Day during its concert venue days.

Silver State Production Services wants people with stories and memories of the Huntridge Theater to tell them for the camera Wednesday night.

Chris Ramirez, Silver State founder, is hoping people like himself with fond memories of the theater will show. When finished, he said he’ll give the footage to investors who are hoping to raise enough money to buy and restore the downtown historic theater.

Source say the theater would cost roughly $4 million to purchase, with renovations costing at least $10 million more. Three Las Vegans who signed a contract allowing them to renovate and relaunch the building are hoping to raise funding through a broad spectrum of people in the community.

Though they haven’t released specific fund-raising plans, a concept called crowd funding taps support from an array of community members to support art projects, political campaigns and software startup companies, to name a few.

Opened in 1944 by a group that included actresses Loretta Young and Irene Dunn, the Huntridge is one of the earliest movie theaters built in Las Vegas. It later morphed into a concert venue with stars such as Sheryl Crow and Kelly Osbourne playing there. International rock stars, The Killers, who are Las Vegas natives, also played there. The Sun could not reach band members for comment.

In 1993 the theater won recognition on both state and national historical registers.

Ramirez’s own theater memories include seeing movies there as a kid, going to a Beck concert in 1997 and hanging out with Gwen Stefani after her band, No Doubt, opened for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the early 1990s.

Ramirez said interviews will be filmed roughly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday outside the theater, 1208 E. Charleston Blvd.

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