Centennial Commission Denies Huntridge Theater Grant Request


Melissa Clary

Talks of restoring the Huntridge Theater to its former glory are still on the table.

Monday night, the Las Vegas Centennial Commission heard a grant request from the Huntridge Foundation, but the commission decided against the $17,850 grant.

Esther Carter, the executive director of the Centennial Commission, told KNPR's State of Nevada that the foundation wanted the money for a "reuse and rehabilitation" plan. 

But Carter said the commission decided to against granting the money because of legal issues surrounding the historic theater.

The legal issues involve the state and the current owners of the property, the Mizrachi family. The state sued the family over grants they were given to repair the theater, which still sits in disrepair. 

Carter said the committee felt it was best to table the grant request and wait until the legal issues are resolved. 

"Everybody does want to see the Huntridge Theater survive," she said.

She said most people would like to see the theater survive as a space for the performing arts. 

The committee also talked about policy plans for any real estate purchases in the future and discussed funding the maintenance of the neon signs that dot the center median along Las Vegas Boulevard. 

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