ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s El Rey Theater could soon be up and running again, but the new group behind its revival has some people wondering whether this is going to be a good thing.
One parent told KRQE News 13 she is in shock that the city could allow a man with a troubled past help manage El Rey.
The Safe City Strike Force said it is looking into it.
Albuquerque’s historic El Rey Theater has been everything from a live concert hall to a movie theater.
It has made it through fires and many lease holders.
The group that now says it is going to turn the place around is Open Curtain Productions.
It has ties to Redfish Entertainment and Code Red, the same companies that helped put on the Foam Wonderland party in August at the state fairgrounds.
Kids mixed with drunk adults and a 14-year-old girl died of a drug overdose.
Stephen Segura is a partner in Open Curtain Productions.
“Sometimes when incidents happen that are just the most unfortunate, we all learn from that, grow and actually become safer and better at doing these kinds of events,” Segura said.
He said Open Curtain Productions is hiring Redfish Entertainment as a promoter for upcoming shows at El Rey.
Also signing on as a manager, Chris Myers.
The City of Albuquerque broke up two of his raves, including one in 2011 for fire code violations and inciting a riot.
Myers has been arrested for DWI, dealing cocaine and the Safe City Strike Force said it has an agreement with him, restricting his involvement in events where kids are present.
“Maybe he understands more than anybody because he has gone through trials and tribulations about the importance of safety,” Segura said.
He said El Rey won’t have any shows for all ages.
It will strictly be 18 and over, or 21 and over.
He also said Myers, who was promoting El Rey on Facebook as “Code Red,” will have to part ways with that company.
“We don’t want any of that association with… this is a new day a new operation, we don’t want any of that negative connotation to be dragged along with this,” Segura said.
Myers said his criminal history is just that, history, and that he is going to school now and is just trying to make an honest living.
Open Curtain Productions signed a five-year lease.
The first performance will be an electronic dance show scheduled for May 1.