The Beverly Theater is going to be hip.
The performance space and two-story movie theater under construction in downtown Las Vegas specified its programming categories as Lit, Live, and Film. The venue supported by the Rogers Foundation, the nonprofit led by Beverly Rogers, is next to The Writer’s Block independent bookstore at The Lucy at 515 S. 6th Street.
The Fortress of the Arts is expected to be open by the end of the year, with a more formal opening in the following weeks.
Lit is the storytelling concept of the place, inviting honest and original monologues. Creative director Kip Kelly works in “smooth partnership,” as he puts it, with Scott Seeley and Drew Cohen, owners of independent bookstore Writer’s Block.
The Beverly is touted as the ultimate location for honest storytelling scenes. Look for book readings, poetry slams, live script readings, writer workshops, writer/director Q&As, conspired creativity, and more theater programming.
The designation Live is a nod to live entertainment. The Beverly’s concert setting is designed for live music of a variety of genres. Touring stages, regional acts, Vegas artists, production shows and performance artists are in play.
“Our live presentations will be unique and meaningful to the artist and our fans. Vegas musicians will be able to use our cutting-edge technology to produce concerts in a unique way, while touring bands and other independent artists will finally have a scene that will hit the Las Vegas market and not just our visitor economy,” Kelly says. “We could do one a month, we could do 10 a month. fill the community with intentional live performances that we believe work for the theater and our mission.
The Film vision is aimed at independent film lovers. As described in The Beverly’s description, the venue focuses on first-run independent projects, revivals, festivals, video battles, shorts and documentaries, dance parties, trivia parties, genre parties , celebrity introductions, hard-hitting pop culture and social awareness presentations, and panel discussions with the filmmakers, cast and crew.
“Beverly Film will feature first-run indies, revivals, festivals and mondo vibes,” Kelly said. “We want to give you a chance to revisit the classics with your friends and witness the opening of a great new movie that doesn’t get the Vegas screen time it deserves. Live Cinema and experiential moments will also inhabit our film schedule, but like the end of a good film, you won’t see it coming.
Construction of the Beverly Theater is over 75% complete, on schedule for winter completion. The 14,306 square foot movie and performance venue will include the main theater, the terrace (which will be called Open Segue for “free” programming, including jazz bands) and the courtyard. The Beverly Theater will have an on-site box office, retail and concession space, a fully equipped green room (named The Teddy, named after one of Rogers’ dogs, just like The Lucy), a catering kitchen and educational workspaces.
The main theater will feature reclined seats of approximately 150 seats on a retractable platform to increase standing capacity. It can be quickly converted into a multi-purpose black box theater through an automated system.
Multiple lighting plots will allow the theater to be used for a variety of events and can be staged in multiple directions. For watching movies, the 360 square foot screen is mated to a motorized cinema masking system and was designed to maximize viewing angles from every seat.
The terrace is also wired for audio and sound, designed for intimate performances, side film screenings and social events. The courtyard provides a more intimate space for book clubs, educational gatherings, reading, work and cafes.
“Theater can provide moviegoers with an authentic movie-watching experience and, within hours, also provide fans with a true theatrical presentation of their favorite band or performer,” says Kelly. “There is an additional space specially designed for intimate authors and literary experiences. It is rare to have so much versatility in an art house theatre.
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