Las Vegas’ only indie film house, storytelling headquarters, and intentional live music venue, The Beverly Theater, is officially open. Flexing its programming pillars of Film, Lit, and Live, Premiere Week concluded on Sunday night with Las Vegas’ own indie artist and idyllic inaugural headliner, Ekoh, performing for more than 90 minutes to an enthusiastic and energetic crowd.
Premiere Week kicked off on Friday, March 3 with red-carpet arrivals for an exclusive VIP screening of the Sundance-lauded film “Past Lives.” On hand for the special presentation were Oscar-winning producers Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon (Killer Films), and David Hinojosa (2AM), and writer/director Celine Song who participated in a post-screening Q&A.
Premiere Week continued with a screening of “Apollo 11” and a series of literary presented in tandem with the independent bookstore and neighbor The Writer’s Block and Black Mountain Institute (BMI) including a discussion with novelist Walter Kirn in conversation with Native American fiction writer Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, BMI presentation of award-winning writer Percival Everett, a conversation with BMI Shearing Fellows Jaquira Diaz and Anna Qu and more.
Prior to Ekoh’s headlining debut at The Beverly Theater on Sunday, jazz trio and house regulars the Segue 3 and R&B/Soul singer Cam Calloway along with his band helped break in the stellar sound system. Now open, The Beverly Theater will offer regular programming to shine a spotlight on imaginative indie films, intimate musical performances, and thought-provoking literary moments.
About The Beverly Theater
The brainchild of namesake philanthropist Beverly Rogers, the two-story, 14,306 square-foot film house and performance theater features three distinct areas: the main theater, Segue jazz terrace, and courtyard, each designed with purpose and intention. Additionally, The Beverly Theater has an on-site box office, retail/concession space, and a fully loaded green room (affectionately named The Teddy). The main theater features raked seating of nearly 150 seats resting on a retractable platform that can allow for expanded standing room capacity and convert the venue into a multi-purpose black box theater with the push of a button. Multiple lighting plots allow the theater to be used in a variety of different ways and can be staged in multiple directions. With an extraordinary emphasis on the film-watching experience, the 360-square-foot screen is coupled with a motorized cinema masking system and has been designed to maximize viewing angles from every seat in the house. Located on 6th Street and Bonneville in Downtown Las Vegas, The Beverly Theater is a not-for-profit venue and further underscores The Rogers Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting the arts.