Reopening March 1 as pub and cultural venue.


The Bisbee Royale night club and venue closed Sunday, ending a 70-night run as a live music center in the former mining town.

In an email, owner Sloane Bouchever said the club at 94 Main St., Bisbee, will reopen March 1 as a pub "featuring great food and drink, and as a cultural center featuring films (new releases, classics and documentaries), live music and lectures.”

Bisbee Royale opened early last August, two weeks after Tucson businessman Doug Biggers stepped down as executive director. Biggers envisioned the project and lead the effort to raise $1 million to buy and renovate the 1918 building that once housed the First Baptist Church of Bisbee and later the Old Bisbee Repertory Theater.

Biggers was executive director of the Rialto Theatre for eight years before resigning in December 2011 to focus full-time on Bisbee Royale.

Read more in Thursday's Caliente.