El Cortez Theater

415 Main Street,
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

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The El Cortez

The El Cortez Theater was built in 1933 and had a seating capacity of 580. Within the first 10 years of operation, a gas explosion blew the front off the theatre. It was repaired and reopened.

It was closed for many, many years, but revitalized and re-opened in 1995 to show first-run movies once again.

This little town of Truth or Consequences, NM (pop. 7,500+), formerly Hot Springs, NM, and the little surrounding towns, have helped support it through the years with their generous attendence.

Contributed by Moshe Koenick

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Cinecita on August 1, 2007 at 1:13 pm

The El Cortez Theater has been reopened (Feb. 2007) by its new owners Mark & Mary Giardetti. The 126 seat house has undergone significant renovations to the sound system and further improvements are planned in an ongoing effort to provide Sierra County with a much needed entertainment outlet for families. The theater plans to show New Releases of films PG13 and below. El Cortez is the only commercial screen within a 75 mile radius and its return (after 4 years} has been well received by the local community. Currently Friday and Saturday evenings and Sat. Matinees are scheduled.

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 2:20 pm

The town was named after the TV show following some kind of contest years ago. I don’t recall what the original name of the town was.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 1, 2007 at 3:36 pm

The town was originally named Hot Springs. Film Daily Yearbooks from 1941 though 1950 list the El Cortz Theatre with 500 seats (1941/1943 editions) to 580 seats (1950 edition).

Cinecita on September 9, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Starting today a Sunday evening show time has been added to accommodate the community.

ElCortez on December 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

To see more pics of the Theater inside & out, including projection booth, check out the photos page on the theater’s facebook page.

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Here are the prices as of 2010.
Admission to the theater is just $5.
Small popcorn $2 – Large popcorn $3
Candy $1 – Super Size Candy $2
Nachos $2
Bottled water $1

ElCortez on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Roger Katz – Noted :) – I’ll work to correct that.

FYI we recently made the switch to digital, but still are able to show film when needed.

Also since the change to digital, some of our prices have changed to: As of Nov 2014 Admission to the theater is just $6. Small popcorn $3 – Large popcorn $4 Candy $1 – Super Size Candy $2 Nachos $2 Bottled water $1

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Motion Picture Almanac, Sept. 6, 1947: “Tomas Martinez is rebuilding front of El Cortez, after it was wrecked by runaway truck.”

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