Free Screening To Be Held At Charleston Heights Arts Center

     A new documentary chronicling the formative years of the city of Las Vegas will premiere at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush Street. This day was chosen because May 15 is the date Las Vegas was founded in 1905.

     “The City of Las Vegas, The Early Years,” will also be broadcast at 7 p.m. on May 15 on KCLV Channel 2 on Cox Cable and CenturyLink, in addition to being streamed via the GoVegas app and on the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. To find the documentary and additional city programming search “GoVegas.”

     “The City of Las Vegas, the Early Years,” was commissioned by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, and focuses on the founding and first 20 years of the community. The documentary was produced by Boyd Productions LLC. Prior to the screening, there will be a reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, featuring actors from the Rainbow Company in character as early Las Vegans.

     The documentary was funded by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The commission has established a grant program to support community initiatives that are of a historic nature, by utilizing the revenue generated from the special commemorative Las Vegas Centennial license plate.

     The plate is available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, and features the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign designed by Betty Whitehead Willis in 1959, which still stands in the median island south of Tropicana Avenue on Las Vegas Boulevard.

     Since 2005, the commission has awarded more than $21 million in grants to projects like the Helldorado Parade and Las Vegas Days Rodeo, as well as the restored, vintage neon signs that are in the medians on Las Vegas Boulevard downtown. The funds have also helped preserve the city’s history through projects like the Historic Westside School, the Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum.