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Huntridge Theater Plans Include Food and Beverage Outlet

Huntridge Theater Plans Include Food and Beverage Outlet

The developers behind the effort to restore the historic Huntridge Theatre have announced initial plans for currently rundown venue.

Huntridge Revival said the redevelopment plans now include a food and beverage outlet, a music education facility and a permanent exhibit.

The group behind the plans wants to restore the theater to its former glory, making it a space for live music, performing arts and cinema.

All of the plans are based on getting money from the community in a crowdfunding effort that developers hope brings in $150,000 of initial funding. The entire project could cost between $12 and $15 million.

Developers are looking for every donation they can get from $5 to $25,000. Each level of donation includes perks. To donate to the project, go to thehuntridge.com

Symphony Park Bridge Set to Open

Symphony Park Bridge Set to Open

As downtown redevelopment efforts continue, an important link between projects will open next week.

The new Symphony Park Pedestrian Bridge will officially open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. A ceremony will take place at the western base of the new bridge in Symphony Park.

Members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nevada Ballet Theater will be on hand for the opening ceremony.

The new bridge spans the railroad tracks to provide access for residents and visitors to walk between downtown and Symphony Park. The bridge also provides a path for those wanting to park at the City Hall garage and visit The Smith Center, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or the Discovery Children’s Museum.

The project cost $4.5 million, with funding coming from a $500,000 federal grant through the Federal Highway Administration, $3.6 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, and $400,000 from the city of Las Vegas general fund.

Camp Broadway Returns to Smith Center

Camp Broadway Returns to Smith Center

Brodway performers will teach students over the course of the five-day workshop.

Theater-loving students in Las Vegas no longer have to travel to New York City to find an authentic Broadway experience. The immersive musical theater workshop, Camp Broadway, returns to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for the second year July 8-12.

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Downtown Hotel Named to Register of Historic Places

Downtown Hotel Named to Register of Historic Places

A downtown hotel is now listed among some of the most historic places in the country.

The El Cortez Hotel and Casino was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is the nation's official list of cultural resources worth preserving.

The hotel was constructed in 1941 and is primarily Spanish Colonial Revival style. It was remodeled in 1952, when the marquee and rooftop sign were added.

The El Cortez remains one of the oldest establishments on Fremont Street.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Councilman Bob Coffin, along with the current owners and the architectural historian Peter Moruzzi, who headed up the effort to get the building on list, were all at Thursday's presentation. 

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest


Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

'Shrek the Musical' Allows Families to Bask in Presence of Beloved Characters

Reviewer: not much reason for Shrek to be a musical, but it provides fun nonetheless.

There’s a difference between being a cartoon and being cartoonish.

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Smith Center Announces 3 New Shows for Summer

Smith Center Announces 3 New Shows for Summer


The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced the new shows in its summer lineup.

The center continues its eclectic selection with three new performances that range from a one-woman show starring Olympia Dukakis to an acoustic performance by Grammy Award nominee Jewel.

Dukakis will star in "Rose", the story of how a feisty Jewish woman survived some of the major events of the 20th century. The play was written by Martin Sherman. The performance is set for May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Another summer show will be the return of one of the first groups to take the Smith Center stage. The Tenors will perform their signature blend of classical music and contemporary pop on June 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Jewel will take the stage of Reynolds Hall June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed singer and songwriter will perform an acoustic set of some of her greatest hit songs.