350 Pine Avenue has has certainly seen it’s share of ups and downs over the past decade or so. We have seen the good times when original owner Mitchell Stewart created a large scale music venue out of an old bank building, and the bad… Since Mitchell’s untimely death and ultimate downfall, the location has been up for sale and purchased and up for sale and so on. Different people with different levels of commitment and personal interests, yet none of them stuck around very long.
All that seems to be changing as ownership of the old Vault 350 location in the heart of downtown Long Beach has now changed to huge supporters of live music John & Michelle Molina. Papers officially closed this past week and there could not be a better owner for this location’s hopes of being a world class live music destination once again. If you don’t know the Molina’s, they have been long time supporters of the arts here in the city of Long Beach. Between Twilight Walks, Irish Parades, Running of the Dames, local festivals, and of course her latest project the Press-Tellegram renovation into a north Pine avenue anchor, Michelle Molina and co. have been supporting these types of community endeavors and really made an impact on the quality of life in downtown and Long Beach in general.
This past Sunday the Molina’s called together friends and members of the community to attend a secret show at the old Vault 350 to make the announcement official. The place stands gutted and in various stages of construction on the main floor. There are piles of sheet rock and pallets of 2×4’s neatly stacked, but with layers of dust thick from years of neglect. The place needs a lot of work, but that did not stop a full on rock show from taking place and music to come back to the once Vault 350 in Long Beach.
Local band MOVE kicked off the night while everyone mingled, and after a few words from Michelle & John and many rounds of applause, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band took the stage and the merriment continued. While 350 Pine has seen many would-be new owners the once musical anchor is back in extremely competent, creative, collaborative, and determined hands and we are sure that it is only a matter of time and a little elbow grease before this new live music venue shines again and gives Long Beach a top-notch place to experience great music and good times with friends.[adrotate banner=”4″]