For many, Vault 350’s lack of life at 4th and Pine Avenue is noticed on the daily by downtowners and music lovers alike. We’re talking about a place that has hosted acts ranging from the B-52s to Kanye West, Flogging Molly to Ghostface Killah.
After famed owner Mitchell Stewart passed in 2008, the venue “sat silent, collected dust, waiting.” That waiting resulted in a quick-but-failed partnership between Luis Armen Kaloyan & Rudy Medina that was to have the Vault up and running once again in 2010—only to end in a dispute that dissolved said partnership.
Enter The Vault Long Beach, who sneakily held a 50-person private event calling for funding amidst stripped walls and piles of construction material. And though the building is still owned by Rudy Medina, the new management team of John Bryan and Rod Shreckengost is hoping to make their vision of bringing The Vault back to life more of a reality.
The new plans call for an art deco-inspired fronting, complete with Roman columns, gaudy-but-awesome gold doors, and a fully restored (supposedly Millard Sheets) mural that sits above the entrance.