National Register of Historic Places in Clark County

National Register #93000686: Huntridge Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada
21 June 2006
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National Register #93000686
Huntridge Theater
1208 East Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas
Built 1944

The Huntridge Theater opened for business on October 10, 1944. S. Charles Lee, a renowned theater architect, was influenced by the Moderne and International architectural styles when he designed the building.

The Huntridge served as a movie house for almost five decades before its conversion to a performing arts center in 1992. Although the original landscaping has been lost, and minor changes to the interior and exterior have been undertaken, the theater retained its historic integrity when nominated in 1993.

The Huntridge Theater is located at the large, busy intersection of Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard. It is currently surrounded by various commercial establishments, including car dealerships.

The theater is just north of the Huntridge neighborhood, constructed during the 1940s. Originally, a bank and the post office were located next to the theater.

Source: NRHP Nomination Form

The Huntridge Theater was owned by Loretta Young and Irene Dunne and was the first non-segregated theater in Las Vegas.

On July 28, 1995, the punk rock group Circle Jerks were to perform at the theater. Several hours before they were to arrive, the roof of the theater collapsed. There were no serious injuries. Lead singer Keith Morris would later comment, "As soon as we got there, we were told that the roof had collapsed and the show was canceled. We didn't have anywhere else to go, so we just set up our equipment in the parking lot and played for the 30 or 40 people who were still there."

The Huntridge Theater closed on July 31, 2004. As of 2010, the building sits empty. All plumbing and power wiring has [sic] been destroyed by the homeless, leaving it at a sad state of disrepair.

Source: Wikipedia

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