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Monsterland, located in downtown Mesa, shown Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Downtown Mesa’s Monsterland Bar & Grill is getting ready for its last hurrah this weekend after announcing abruptly earlier this month that it would be closing. But fans and employees of the establishment that started life as a haunted house attraction and prop museum aren’t ready to say the last rites yet. There is not one, but at least two bids out there to keep Monsterland going — one by dedicated employees of the venue and another by an East Valley businessman.
The first group comprises Monsterland employees using the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, and is organized by Gregory Holmes, Dan DeWolf and Sean Curley. It’s seeking $300,000 in funding:
Downtown Mesa theme restaurant Monsterland, opened in October 2011, is set to close later this month, according to information released on its Facebook page.
For Immediate Release
Kristy Smith 480-461-3300
18 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201
Monsterland’s 1st Annual Haunted Attraction marks our Grand Opening on September 23, 2011 starting at 6pm! This special evening is our way of starting our season with a blood curdling scream!! Be among the first to see what is lurking behind our doors and on this night only, with a minimum donation of $2.00 per person to A New Leaf Shelters (www.turnanewleaf.org) you will receive admission to our haunted attraction! Monsterland will also donate a portion of our full price ticket sales to A New Leaf throughout our season and has donated tickets to other valley organizations for those who may not otherwise get to attend the event!
Experience the only Horror Museum in Arizona that will be open year round and features a history of horror in films, memorable actors and their portrayal of iconic creatures, animatronics and special FX. Our exhibit will include a collection of Original props & statues used in Hollywood movies.
Our seasonal 2 story – 15,000 Sq Ft Haunted Attraction is one month of fear & family fun where you will see things that will keep you awake at night! Our event is for your whole family, so if your little goblin scares easily ask us about “Monster Protection”. Available for purchase, your child will be adorned with a necklace that not only alerts our actors to go easy on them but it will also help your child enjoy the experience knowing they are protected from the monsters.
Monsterland will have never seen before Hollywood quality sets, costumes and animated props! Your interactive experience will include a family friendly environment and non-stop entertainment! Our performers take you to a different time where only the best of horror classics still LIVE! Monsterland is open September 23, 2011 – October 31, 2011 please see www.monsterland.com as our event nears for operation hours and ticket pricing.
Original monsters created by local FX shop Midnight Studios/splatterfx.net - Haunt World Magazine’s 2008 & 2009 Mask Maker of the Year!
Original movie props from American Werewolf in London and other classic monster movies.
Special events including contests and photo opportunities.
Downtown Mesa’s Monsterland Bar & Grill is getting ready for its last hurrah Saturday night after announcing abruptly earlier this month that it would be closing. But fans and employees of the establishment that started life as a haunted house attraction and prop museum aren’t ready to say the last rites yet. There is not one, but at least two bids out there to keep Monsterland going — one by dedicated employees of the venue and another by an East Valley businessman.
Three employees of Monsterland Bar and Grill in downtown Mesa are trying to gather the funds to purchase the restaurant since it is due to close down after this weekend.