Rio Grande Theatre

213 N. Main Street,
Las Cruces, NM 88001

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Rio Grande...Las Cruces New Mexico

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The Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces was opened in July 1926. It was closed about 1998 and donated to the Dona Ana Arts Council a year later. Currently funds are being raised to renovate the theater for live events.

Contributed by Ray Carter

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 31, 2006 at 1:59 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2004

Rio Grande Theatre (added 2004 – Building – #03001352)
Also known as Fox Rio Grande Theatre
211 N. Downtown Mall, Las Cruces
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Goetting, C.A., Thorman, Otto H. and Guy L. Frazer
Architectural Style: Renaissance
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949, 1950-1974
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater
Current Function: Work In Progress

Address:

211 N Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001

croft
croft on October 16, 2007 at 1:22 am

The theatre opened on July 29, 1926 with the film Mare Nostrum, directed by Rex Ingram and staring Alice Terry and Antonio Moreno.

For more history and excellent photos, see here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2007 at 5:01 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1882 style “B” special was installed in the Rio Grande Theater on 5/21/1928. Status: sold.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Sealed Verdict with Ray Milland and Florence Marly was released in November of 1948.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm

DAAC website “422-seat performing arts center that is also home to the DAAC offices”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2008 at 6:51 am

Here is a 2008 night view.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Here is a February 1955 ad from the Las Cruces Sun-News:
http://tinyurl.com/rb99bt

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Here is a September 2008 blog with a nice photo of the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/m6hgsw

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

A January 2012 photo I took can be seen here .. And the Rio Grande is open! Their website is here.. Rio Grande Website .. Enjoy!

RAC Photography

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