Eight-Screen Movie Theater Proposed for the Arts District

Eclipse rendering (View looking West)

Downtown residents may soon be saved the hassle of traveling to the suburbs or suffering a walk through a smoky casino just to see the latest Hollywood blockbuster on a big screen, now that the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission has given its blessings to the proposed Eclipse Theaters project planned for the northwest corner of Third Street and Gass Avenue.

Currently a vacant lot abutting the back corner of Newport Lofts, Eclipse Theaters is slated to be a three-story, 53,000-square-foot integrated entertainment destination centered around an eight-screen, first-run cinema complex. With a second-floor restaurant and lounge, reserved seating and VIP food and beverage service in select theaters, Operating Manager Nic Steele says Eclipse will be a “one-stop shop for the ultimate date night.” He noted that Eclipse Theaters’ board includes Hollywood industry types to help “bring A-list programming like movie premieres and film festivals” to the venue.

“It’s critical for us as the developer to work with partners that are experienced in their craft,” Steele said. “We are working with contractors who specialize in building movie theaters. We are working with theater operators who own and manage theaters.”

The sleek, steel-and-glass design was intended to reflect the aesthetics of surrounding buildings in the area, including the new Las Vegas City Hall and neighboring residential buildings such as Newport and Juhl. With a street-facing entrance, an alley-accessible parking garage and ground-level retail shops, Eclipse could be just the thing to bridge the walkability gap between the Arts District and the Fremont East Entertainment District.

“It’s an interesting location,” said local culture blogger and Zappos.com employee Brian Paco Alvarez, who lives at L’Octaine apartments, located just two blocks east of the proposed theater. “It actually can do a lot for this neighborhood.”

Eclipse rendering (View looking Southwest)

Although Eclipse seems to have come out of the blue, Steele said the project is “the culmination of 12 months of listening to individuals and constituents in the area,” which will allow the project’s construction to be fast-tracked. “We are all motivated to rip the first ticket in late 2014,” he said. Although a Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency newsletter reports the $20 million project is 70 percent funded, Eclipse is running an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to garner additional public support … and $200,000.

“As in everything we do, we want our partnerships to be a two-way street,” Steele said. “As such, every contribution receives a reward, from free VIP tickets to ‘own your own theater’ viewing parties. We want you to feel as excited about the project as we are.”

The last time a first-run multiplex gave Downtown a shot was in 2002, when Crown 14 Theatres opened at Neonopolis, ultimately shuttering its doors in 2009 (though under different ownership as Galaxy Neonopolis 11).

That was almost five years ago, however, and both the residential and commercial landscape of Downtown Las Vegas are drastically different today.

“I think with the amount of people who already live near that plot of land, there’s more than enough in the local area to support that, plus the general, larger downtown area,” Alvarez said, “I would be there every Saturday.”

  • glo

    Hallelujah! Hope the Eclipse Theater includes some indie films in its scheduling much like the Regal Village Square. I think indies would go over really well with the Arts District/Downtown Fremont communities. Best of Luck…can’t wait!!

  • Elaine

    A list first run films? What about Art films? Underground films? Real indie films? I can see A list mainstream films anywhere in our fine city. Sounds like another Walmart.

    • JPR

      I’d love to see you draw up a business plan for a newly built movie theater that can pencil out screening art and underground films.

  • Vicenta Montoya

    Exciting

  • Shore

    I really hope they model some of the dine in Theatre concepts with big comfy reclining chairs, great food, drinks, etc. Will give our downtown another reason to thrive for it’s residents.

  • Jarel Jack-whitehurst

    I see nothing but success nic steele

  • D.R. Coffins

    Where is the parking going to be?

  • Thirry Harlin

    Why not use the existing theaters at neonopolis that are just wasted at this point. This is why our city officials kind of suck at planning.

  • How much popcorn do you have to sell to service a $20 million debt?

  • Papagil

    Yep, all those phone support people at zappos will love spending $20 on a ticket and $15 on a bucket of popcorn… the waitresses and busboys in all those hip new bars and restaurants will be beating down the doors to spend their meager tips and then drive home to NLV and Henderson. I predict a boom at first, let’s see it 5-7 years from now… What exactly is Downtown going to do when the next bust comes and/or a new internet catalog company comes along with a flashier, cooler owner ? Or when Zappo’s decides they do want a “campus” like all the other website hotshots…. downtown summerlin here comes zappos

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