Update (3:40 p.m.): The campaign has crossed over the $150,000 threshold, with 56 hours remaining. According to Joey Vanas, a contribution from The Killers pushed it over the top. "They have been watching and paying attention, waiting for the right moment," he said, calling further involvement the Vegas-birthed rock band "to be determined." Vanas also invited the public to a press conference Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Center (401 S. Maryland Parkway), promising "important announcements."
What had been a creeping crowdfunding effort to save the Huntridge Theatre has kicked into high gear, with the campaign now closing in on its $150,000 goal.
When last we checked, the 30-day Indiegogo-hosted drive had raised $141,597, with 57 hours remaining. “It’s been a roller coaster, and it’s never done until it’s done,” says Joey Vanas, one of two partners behind Huntridge Revival, LLC (Michael Cornthwaite is the other; a third, Rehan Choudhry, dropped out of the project to focus on the inaugural Life Is Beautiful Festival).
“We had a feeling a lot of the larger contributions would come in later, and Vegas tends to be a late market. Everybody kind of waits to see who’s on board and what kind of momentum it has. Do we feel confident? Yes. But we won’t sleep till it’s at $150,001.”
Assuming the campaign to restore and reopen the historic movie theater/music venue crosses that threshold, the partners will turn their focus to raising the rest of the $4 million purchase price—due in to the property's current owners by November—from private investors.
“Our prospective investors are already excited about the enthusiasm they’ve seen. We’ve had more than 500 contributors to the campaign,” Vanas says. “It’s been the whole city coming together, and prospective investors have seen that.”