Couple scrambles for new wedding after Goretorium closes
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A couple's dream wedding has turned into a nightmare after their haunted house-themed wedding venue suddenly announced plans to close.
Eli Roth's Goretorium on Las Vegas Boulevard at Harmon Avenue was set to close on Wednesday.
While the haunted attraction features some scary characters, Lindsay Nield and Brian Moon got a much different scare when they learned the business is shutting its doors.
"I think I'm still in shock really," said Nield. "Just really, really upset."
Through Skype, Action News spoke with the couple from the United Kingdom.
"Just not really sure where to go anymore," Moon said.
They planned to travel from the UK to Las Vegas later this month for a Halloween wedding at the Goretorium. The two got engaged on Halloween several years ago.
"It literally was our dream wedding," said Moon. "Been looking forward to it for so long."
More frightening than the decorations was a letter the couple received dated Sept. 27. The notice from a bankruptcy attorney said the business is going through bankruptcy proceedings and will likely close. The Goretorium was open for about a year.
The news left Nield in tears. The announcement comes roughly a month before their wedding. It's too late to cancel the flight and hotel. The couple said they've already paid the Goretorium about $1,500 and want to know if they'll get their money back.
"We don't really have any other spare money," said Moon. "We saved up for two years for this."
The Goretorium posted a message on its Facebook page calling the closing a disappointment. The statement said the business had high hopes but unfortunately were not able to realize them.
Court records show the business filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection over the summer. Legal documents said Goretorium looked for ways to stay open but "has not been profitable for all or nearly all of its operating existence."
"It's all just a waste really, since we don't have a wedding," said Nield.
Forget the Halloween theme, this couple said they're now dealing with a real life nightmare.
"I guess I just hope that everything works out," said Nield. "I don't know how it's going to work out."
The September letter from the bankruptcy attorney said customers who paid with a credit card may want to try contacting their credit card processors in hopes of getting a refund. Moon used a debit card.
Action News tried to reach the Goretorium several times on Wednesday. The bankruptcy attorney referred us to the corporate office; we left several messages at the corporate office but never heard back.