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New entertainment venues coming to Vista

The doors have closed on Headliners, seen in this photograph. A new entertainment complex will open in the space in coming months.
The doors have closed on Headliners, seen in this photograph. A new entertainment complex will open in the space in coming months.

The doors have closed at Headliners and Element Nightlife, the clubs that shared wall space in an entertainment complex in the Vista.

But a new entertainment venture will open at 700 Gervais St. in the coming months.

Former NFL running back Stephen Davis, who owns two clubs in Columbia, plans to develop the space that had been occupied by Headliners and Element, according to Ted Rausch, director of property management for Arnold Cos., the building's owner. One of Davis' nightspots, Tabu, is in the complex.

Allen Love, one of the developers on the project, said the venture will be three entertainment venues in one.

"What used to be Headliners is still going to have music," said Love, who referred to the project as The South Vista Complex. "We're still working out the details."

Davis also operates Pure Ultra Lounge and Gullah Bistro, the Berryhill Road spot that once housed The Comedy House Theatre.

Efforts to reach Davis on Friday were unsuccessful. Rausch said Davis has leased the Gervais Street space.

Fans of Corey Smith, who had two shows scheduled at Headliners this week, were diverted to Club 1800, the Blanding Street venue that will also play host to Anberlin in November. A November booking of Halestorm has been moved to Jillian's in the Vista.

Josh Lehew has the business licenses for Headliners and Element, according to city of Columbia records. Efforts to reach Lehew on Friday were unsuccessful.

Headliners has changed ownership many times in the past years.

All-In Entertainment took control of Headliners in 2006 to prevent the cancellations of more than 30 shows after the previous leaseholder went out of business. In early 2008, Jay Beneventano, All-In's general manager of Headliners, took over the club. A few months later, he gave way to Lehew.

Charles Wilkie of All-In Entertainment said he has met with Davis and Love about booking talent at the entertainment complex.

"It will have more resources readily available than it ever has," he said.

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