Temecula attorney Kevin P. Nett recently closed escrow on purchasing the Rustic Theatre. He is an enthusiastic film buff, historian and collector of fine-quality movie and concert posters.
Of the many changes he is planning, the first is to turn the Rustic Theatre lobby into a gallery and shop, open during the day, to display and sell posters and memorabilia from his collection. “If we don’t have them in stock, we can order them and look up their last auction value,” said Nett. “We’ll also have hundreds of vintage photographs from movie sets, as well as historic film press kits and film negatives. This is history we’re looking at. We’ll have an online gallery as well, with many really old film-noir posters, say from ‘The Maltese Falcon.’” Nett, with imagination and flair, will call the new lobby emporium “The Boris and Bela Gallery” after vintage horror movie stars Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.
Nett has an infectious, almost boyish enthusiasm about his poster collection and this opportunity to make the Rustic into an exciting and varied entertainment destination. He plans to present special events on screen, such as the Oscars and the Super Bowl.
“I’ve already paid for the rights for public display of these events,” he said. “We can do black tie and red carpet for the Oscars. I’ve applied for an ongoing beer and wine license. We already have it for special events.” Nett said he plans to upgrade theater food to “gourmet movie fare” with the possibility of higher-end offerings for special events. He plans to screen Turner Classic Movies free during the day and is open to the idea of doing theater, jazz concerts and Broadway reviews after his first-run films screen. “We’ll be upgrading the website and creating a calendar of special events,” said Nett.
“I’ve been coming to Idyllwild for 40 years and the opportunity to buy the Rustic came at the most perfect moment.” In addition to the law practice he runs with his attorney wife, Nett also is a licensed real estate broker and general contractor. With those skill sets, he is already in the process of making cosmetic changes that will give the theater more flexibility for multiple uses.
“By owning the Rustic, this gives me the opportunity to enjoy my creative side and show my kids a different part of who I am,” he said.
Nett has a bachelor’s degree in political science (with distinction), with a minor in philosophy from San Diego State University and a juris doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego. With his wife Amy, he heads the law offices of Nett and Nett, specializing in business, finance, mergers, real estate, construction and intellectual property law. He also heads the Nett-Gross Group, commercial real estate transactions, and mortgage banking and finance, as well as the Aven Construction Company, focusing on commercial construction.
He is a current board member of Temecula Youth Baseball and corporate counsel for Western Eagle Foundation, a food bank and distribution center dedicated to feeding the needy, and Lyme Earth, a charitable fundraising service for promoting research, education and other activities relating to the prevention, treatment and cure of Lyme disease.