Acts of Kindness: Daniel Roberts - 8 News NOW

Acts of Kindness: Daniel Roberts

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LAS VEGAS - Daniel Roberts reminisces about an important part of Las Vegas history.

"Some of the best times in my youth happened at the Huntridge Theatre," he said.

The Bishop Gorman High School and UNLV alumnus attended many functions at the Huntridge Theatre. The venue was advanced for its time. It was also a place parents could bring their kids.

Lloyd and Edyth Katz took ownership of it in 1951and turned it into the first integrated theater in Las Vegas. Renowned architect S. Charles Lee built the Huntridge in 1944.

"It's legitimately almost 70 years old. It has that raw, real, nostalgic kind of feel," Roberts said.

The theater closed 60 years after it opened. Roberts is part of a movement to re-open it.

"It was a power in numbers kind of a thing, community coming together to work for the greater good of a dilapidated building and see what we could do to try and work together and save the building," he said.

As president of the Huntridge Foundation, he has donated his own money and hundreds of volunteer hours to preserve the iconic building.

Learn More About the Effort to Restore the Huntridge Theatre

"Dan just lives and breathes the theater. Everyone he comes across, he talks about the history, its past culture and the hope to bring that along with the new developments," said Roberts' colleague Melissa Clary.

Roberts says he has a vision for the Huntridge's future.

"Something that fits into a niche that isn't available here. A smaller seat venue could do. Opera they could do, classical composures, vintage movies, indie films, so many different things," he said.

8 News NOW decided to reward Roberts' efforts to restore the theater, awarding him $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.

Organizers estimate it will cost another $4 million to purchase the property plus an additional $10 million to renovate it.

If you would like to view photos, playbills and other original memorabilia from the Huntridge, visit UNLV's Special Collections Department.

If you wish to nominate someone for Acts of Kindness, visit our website or e-mail us.

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