“Huntridge Through the Decades”: Memories of the Beloved Huntridge Theater

The Huntridge Foundation held its grand opening reception for “Huntridge Through the Decades: A Close-Up of the Iconic People’s Theatre” exhibit at Nevada State Museum at Springs Preserve located at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016. The new exhibit takes its place within the 70,000 square foot museum alongside impressive displays of fossils, caves, and classic Las Vegas glitz, all of which celebrate and display influential pieces of Nevada’s unique history.

Photo by Jummel HidrosolloApproximately 100 people attended the opening reception and thousands more who visit the museum this summer will view the exhibit, situated in the museum’s front lobby entrance. Reception speakers included Rob Ruckus, a band member of several bands who played the Huntridge Theatre throughout the 1990s; Nicole Sligar, a major donor to the Foundation’s Memory Project and former Huntridge Theatre booking agent; Foundation President Daniel Roberts; Founding Foundation Member Melissa Clary; Nevada State Museum Exhibits Direct Tom Dyer; and a handful of Las Vegans who shared childhood memories of attending Saturday matinees at the theatre.

The Huntridge Foundation was proud to receive a Certificate of Commendation for its work by U.S. Senator Harry Reid and acknowledgement from Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Hutchison for the occasion and celebration of the exhibit opening reception.

The Huntridge Theatre is an essential piece of our state’s cultural heritage. Listed on both the State and National Registers of historic places, the Huntridge Theatre opened in Downtown Las Vegas in 1944. During its illustrious 60 years of operation, the Theatre hosted many iconic arts and cultural celebrations.

The exhibit, funded by Nevada Humanities, runs from June 16 throughPhoto by Jummel Hidrosollo August 31, and serves to remind the community about the Huntridge Theatre’s role in Las Vegas history, allowing people to recognize and appreciate its important legacy. Attendees will discover decades of theater memorabilia, including former furnishings from the Huntridge Theatre, such as original 1944 theater seats, and concert fliers from the heavy alternative rock era of the 90s.The exhibit also features a series of intriguing memories from longtime Las Vegans such as Senator Richard Bryan to former stagehand Jenn O. Cide, who frequented the theatre in its varying forms throughout the years.

About The Huntridge Foundation

The Huntridge Foundation, founded in 2012, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Nevada. The mission of The Huntridge Foundation is to preserve the architectural integrity, history, and culture of the Huntridge Theatre and the surrounding community.

The Huntridge Foundation actively seeks keepsakes including written or verbal memories, video footage, or photos to contribute to its Memory Project. The ongoing collection of hundreds of artifacts shared by former theatre performers, patrons, and employees celebrates memories and inspires future plans for the theatre, representing the community and paying homage to the historic building.

For more information, to donate, or to contribute to the cause, visit http://thehuntridgefoundation.org and email thehuntridgefoundation@gmail.com. ‘Like’ The Huntridge Foundation on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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