Crystal Theatre

219 2nd Street SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Crystal Theater...Albuquerque NM

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The Crystal Theatre opened October 9, 1911. The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory gave the address of the Crystal Theatre as 917 2nd Street SW, which would place the theatre at or near the corner of Gold Avenue SW. The Crystal Theatre was still open in 1929, but had closed by 1931.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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OCRon on August 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

An Albuquerque Journal advertisement and the Sanborn Insurance Maps (See photo section) of 1913, 1919, 1924 and (1931-Closed) place the Crystal Theater at 219 S. 2nd Street, near the (Northwest corner of Silver and 2nd or 219 2nd Street SW today). This would be different from the 1914-15 edition of the Motion Picture Directory placing it in the 900 block, where no theater was found on the maps.

The Crystal Theatre opened on October 9, 1911, with 980 seats on the first floor and 360 in the balcony. The Journal reported on an accident at the Crystal in 1924 when lathe and plaster from the underside of the balcony overhang fell down injuring people on the ground floor. Miss Grace B. Doering, a law student and one of the injured, was sworn into the state bar while she was still in bed recuperating from her injuries. In June of 1925 Miss Doering was awarded $23,000 in damages, which would be $310,000 in 2014.

According to the Albuquerque Tribune, a parking lot opened on the site of the old Crystal Theatre in May of 1952.

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