El Onate Theatre

Palace and Lincoln Avenues,
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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The El Onate Theatre opened in 1921, built on the site of the mid-19th century Capital Hotel on the corner of Palace and Lincoln Avenues. The little theater, one of the earliest built for showing movies in Santa Fe, was designed in Spanish Pueblo style. The building also included an auto dealership and retail store.

The El Onate was very short-lived, closing in 1924, and replaced by more retail space. The building still exists today, though heavily remodeled, and currently houses a bank.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 7, 2006 at 1:14 pm

I have an ad for the El Rio Theater in Santa Fe, circa 1952. Any recollection of this by NM locals? More info would be helpful.

williame303
williame303 on November 7, 2007 at 9:47 pm

I believe that the first time I visited Santa Fe, ca. 1975, this building was the J.C. Penney’s. There was a Woolworth’s down the street and a Sears a block away. Santa Fe has changed!

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