92ZEW has learned the fate of the Saenger Theatre management will lay in two entities’ hands rather than just one, Huka Entertainment and SMG Venue Management. Approval of the planned partnership is expected to pass City Council vote during tomorrow’s meeting. The plan is for Huka to book the entertainment at the Saenger, while SMG (current Mobile Civic Center mgmt) will manage the operations. Voisin said the company is not involved in building maintenance and construction in either facility.
In an interview with 92ZEW today, SMG Regional General Manager Sam Voisin said the goal together is to to take the historic theater “back to its original lustre again, bringing economic impact and foot traffic back to downtown.” AJ Nyland, CEO of Huka Entertainment, told us his plans are to bring shows that cater to different walks of life throughout the city, as he did prior to the CLA take-over and staff change.