Shuler Theater

131 N. Second Street,
Raton, NM 87740

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Shuler Theater

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The Shuler Theater opened on April 27, 1915 in the city hall in downtown Raton, and was designed by architects Issac H. Rapp & William Rapp. It was named after Dr. James Jackson Shuler, an early 20th century Raton mayor. It was originally called the Shuler Auditorium and presented opera, legitimate theater, concerts and other forms of live entertainment. Later, the Shuler Theater became a movie house but by the 1950’s had closed down.

Early in the 1960’s, the legitimate Kaleidoscope Players used the Shuler Theater for their productions, and restoration of the theater began. Today, the Shuler Theater is still used for live theater and other peforming arts.

Much more information on this theater can be found at the Shuler’s website below.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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SethG
SethG on July 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

The description is incorrect. The theater is an auditorium in the old city hall, which was built during the administration of Mayor Shuler. It was NOT built for him. The project went way over budget, and was apparently so divisive that Mayor Shuler and the city council fled town briefly. After Shuler died, the theater was renamed in his honor (there is a plaque to this effect in the lobby).

SethG
SethG on July 29, 2015 at 7:08 pm

According to the NRHP listing, it was briefly called the Rex, until Shuler’s death (which seems to have been in 1919).

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