El Rey Theatre

620 Central Avenue SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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El Rey Theatre, Albuquerque NM 1995

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This historic former movie theater opened on June 27, 1941. By the mid-1970’s it was known as the Reel Theatre. It is now a nightclub. It is located on the old Route 66.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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KenRoe on February 5, 2008 at 5:25 am

A 1974 photograph, after it had been renamed Reel Theatre:
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DonSolosan on February 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Ken, don’t you mean “before” it had been renamed El Rey?

KenRoe on February 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Don, It opened as the El Rey Theatre (in 1940’s and 1950’s editions of Film Daily Yearbook), then (I believe) its final times as a movie theatre it was re-named Reel Theatre. It has now gone back to its original name El Rey.

DonSolosan on February 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Ah, that clears that up. Things are never as simple as they seem around here!

I drove through Albuquerque last year with this theater on a list of places to photograph. Somehow I missed it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 1, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Some recent fire damage at the El Rey Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm

More photos that were taken after the fire can be seen here.

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 2:16 am

Here is a March 1948 ad from the Albuquerque Journal:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

This is a recent shot of the marquee.

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