Yam Theater

121 S. Main Avenue,
Portales, NM 88130

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Originally opened in 1932. The long-closed Yam Theater on Portales' Main Avenue (formerly Main Street) was given a $1 million renovation between 2006 and 2011, transforming the building into a community arts center. Any further information on the Yam Theater would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 18, 2006 at 7:28 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s:1941 and 1943 editions with a seating capacity of 402. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. the seating capacity is 530 and the address is given as; 121 S.E. Main Street (now known as S. Main Avenue).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 20, 2006 at 10:51 am

It shows vary little, but a small photo on this page gives a partial glimpse of the Yam Theatre in its current state.

rbrtptrck
rbrtptrck on June 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I was a drama student at ENMU in Portales in 1955-1958. Our school theatre was being remodeled, so we were given an abandoned movie theatre to fix up and use for plays. The Yam was in operation on the town square. Our theatre was on a side street. It was across from Bingham’s Photo and Record Shop. We produced “The Lady’s Not For Burning” and “Family Portrait” and “Right You are If You think You Are” there. Does anyone know anything about this theatre?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 20, 2011 at 2:17 am

About halfway down THIS page is a current view of the auditorium of the Yam Theater.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on March 20, 2011 at 2:22 am

At the 1:10 spot of this video is the current exterior of the Yam Theater. Pops up in new window.

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