Save the Huntridge's Josh Geidel
We had over 50 people at the first meeting of Save the Huntridge Theater. Michael Cornwaithe was kind enough to open the Downtown Cocktail Room early so that we could accomodate the crowd. There was pizza from Uncle Joe's around the corner on Fremont Street. We were thrilled to see so many supporters there including Jack LeVine and the VeryVintageVegas crew.
Eli Mizrachi, the owner of the Huntridge property, was also there. He had given a tour to Paco Alvarez and Josh Geidel earlier in the afternoon. The interior, as reported earlier, has been completely gutted. The projection equipment, the screen and all the fixtures, including the chandeleir are missing.
Mr. Mizrachi told us that all of that had been done prior to him buying the property. He also told us that it was the previous owner that had received the monies for restoration. Some of that money was used to replace the roof.
I gave a brief history of the building and the property and Josh and Paco talked of where we go from here. Mr. Mizrachi said that he loves the building and does not want to tear it down but he needs for a viable business(es) in that space that will be successful. The theater can accomodate a crowd of 800. He also owns the other two buildings on the property, the former Huntridge Station Post Office and the former bank building where Mizrachi had his Cima Furniture.
The website, savethehuntridge.com, is under construction and we hope to have it up and running by the end of the month.
We are also looking for pictures of the Huntridge Theater in its heyday so if you have any please contact me and let's talk.
Josh and Eli are on K-NPR's State of Nevada with David Berns tomorrow morning so you can call in and ask questions.
Thanks to all who came out and stay tuned for further developments!
Owner Eli Mizrachi and a Huntridge Supporter
Special Thanks to Allen Sandquist for letting us use these images.