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First Glimpse Inside the Smith Center

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LAS VEGAS -- The brand new Smith Center is already entertaining the people who built it. Last night and again tonight, country star Randy Travis sings for the construction workers who built the gorgeous new performing arts building.

It was under construction for four years, but the Smith Center was first conceived almost 20 years ago. It took a focused business plan, public and private money, and good leadership to get to today.

Reynolds Hall is the crown jewel of the Smith Center. It has 2,050 seats in the main auditorium and boxes and perfect acoustics. It will be home to the Broadway Series, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet and many other large performances.

In the adjacent Boman Pavilion is Cabaret Jazz, which has just under 250 tables and chairs where there will be food and drinks. Clint Holmes will perform there the first weekend of every month, along with other famous jazz musicians.

The head of the Smith Center says this complex is a gift to Las Vegas.

"The Smith Center was built for everyone. It was built for people in this community. It was not meant to be a temple for people who have a lot of money, this is a place for the entire community to gather. It's the living room for Las Vegas," said Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin.

There is also a unique venue, the Troesh Theater, which looks like a rehearsal space but chairs can be brought in for an intimate concert or performance.

Opening night is officially March 10th, but that is a special concert just for donors. There were 57 founding donors who each gave at least $1.5 million, which helped this building pay for itself prior to opening.

The first night open to the public is March 12th.

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