Sands Theatre

1017 New York Avenue,
Alamogordo, NM 88310

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Sands Theatre

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The White Sands Theatre opened in 1941 seating 456. The movie house continued with films until the late-1960’s. It then became a braodcast center which lasted until the mid-1990’s.

In the late-1990’s it got a facelift and the interior and exterior were restored to its Art Deco style. It then operated as a live performance venue. In 2012, it became a religious broadcast studio. It reopened on December 23, 2013 screening family movies.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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DonLewis
DonLewis on May 1, 2008 at 7:59 am

A 1974 view of the Sands Theater in Alamogordo.

simbared
simbared on June 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Shouldn’t the theater title above be “Sands Theater” since that is what the marquee in the supplied photos says? Alamogordo is close to White Sands National Monument, and the main drag is White Sands Blvd., so the confusion is understandable.

LuisV
LuisV on September 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

I was in Alamogordo last week and drove past this theater. It looks like it is closed but I can’t be absolutely sure. The marquee was totally blank except for four letters in the lower left hand corner that said “PRAY”. Not a good sign. Is this now a church?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

No wonder I can’t find it. It’s at 1017 New York Ave, not 798. It’s home to KVBA Vision Broadcasting.

http://www.kvbatv.com/needs.htm

Current small pic:

http://www.kvbatv.com/images/station.jpg

LuisV
LuisV on September 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

Yuk!!!! A storefront Church. What a shame.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on September 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

Read their website, they are classified as a church, but in reality it’s a religion based broadcasting station and offices.

GE Street View pictures shows their roof loaded with dish antennas.

LuisV
LuisV on September 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

Even Worse! :–)

Dmckee66
Dmckee66 on December 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm

The Historic White Sands theatre is going to reopen December 23rd 2013. After thousands of volunteer hours the theater will reopen. This building will now hold the Sands Theater and KVBA Vision Broadcasting. KVBA is a Christian Broadcast Television station. The Sands Theatre will be showing family based films at a very low cost. We hope to see you at the movies.

Dmckee66
Dmckee66 on January 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

We are open and have done 10 shows. If you want to see a movie, stop by on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

mlclancy
mlclancy on April 12, 2014 at 7:33 am

Back in the 80’s my business The Upper Cut Beauty Salon made a commercial that was aired on the local Christian-pbs station. I was wondering if any copies of that might still exist. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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