Roosevelt Theater

118 East Broadway,
Hobbs, NM 88240

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In 1929 the Ritz was the first motion picture theater to open in Hobbs. It was managed by George S. Gafford and showed silent films. In the mid-30s, it was renamed the Roosevelt Theater and operated at least into the mid 40s. The 1945 Film Daily Yearbook shows the Roosevelt being closed.

With thanks to the Hobbs Public Library.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 2, 2005 at 4:42 am

Hello Cinema Treasures. This is my posting, however the wording is not all mine. I do not have and have never seen any Film Dailey Year books and never make reference to them.

I submitted this as the RITZ after having researched information from the Hobbs library. I found reference from two separate authors saying the RITZ was the first Hobbs theater. Neither author called the Roosevelt a theater.

One article made mention of the Roosevelt as having burned down, but did not call it a theater.

I did not see any information saying the RITZ name was changed to the Roosevelt.

Would it be possible to change the wording and name back to the RITZ unless someone can present more reliabe info?



cottonchipper on September 15, 2007 at 3:54 pm

According to the 1935 Hobbs city directory, the Roosevelt was located at 118 East Broadway.

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