Reel Theater

211 W. Broadway,
Hobbs, NM 88240

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The first movie that I recall seeing in a theater was at the Reel about 1955 or 1956. It was “Invaders from Mars”, which is about all I can recall about the theater.

Can anyone add some details?

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 14, 2005 at 7:25 am

The Reel Theater is listed in Film Daily Yearbooks;1941 & 1943 editions as having 460 seats. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. as seating capacity of 816 is given.

cottonchipper
cottonchipper on October 21, 2005 at 11:18 am

Newspaper advertisements from August 1945 and August 1946 indicate that The Reel was operated simultaneously by the same company with another theatre in Hobbs called The Scout.

The Reel was located in the 200 block of West Broadway.

cottonchipper
cottonchipper on November 6, 2005 at 1:46 pm

The Reel was opened in 1937 at 211 W. Broadway. The opening movie was “May Time”* starring Nelson Eddy and Janette McDonald. It was operated by Griffith Theaters.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 7, 2005 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the update Mark!

-Don

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

A photo of promotional signs in front of the Reel Theater’s box office taken in the early 1940’s can be seen here.

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