El Morro Theatre

207 W. Coal Avenue,
Gallup, NM 87301

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El Moro

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This theatre opened in 1928 with a seating capacity of 900 and has a Spanish Colonial style exterior. The El Morro Theatre was restored in 1991. It is currently owned by the city of Gallup, and it features peforming arts as well as movies.

Contributed by Carl Laitenberger

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twidlerofthumbs on August 21, 2006 at 3:43 pm

i am researching some of the original architecture and design of the inside of this theater to aide in the restoration efforts of the city of Gallup. i am needing photos and or newspaper articles with photos of the auditorium between 1929 and 1939. specifically i am looking for an image of the pillars on the outside wall that have carved gargoyles atop them. i have searched feverishly here locally to no avail. so i am putting this shout out to the world. Little help please!

thanks in advance!

Ziggy on August 21, 2006 at 6:01 pm

Hi David, I don’t have any photos or drawings to show you, but I live in Gallup and would be happy to assist you in any way I can. I hesitate to give any contact info but…here goes. You can email me at Please use a subject heading mentioning the El Morro so that I don’t just delete it unread.

twidlerofthumbs on August 25, 2006 at 2:55 pm

i live here in gallup and visit it quite frequently. i am looking for photos of in between 1929-1939…

tomdelay on November 4, 2006 at 1:44 am

Doea anyone know what became of the 5-rank Robert Morton pipe organ that was once in this theatre? I was in Gallup a couple years ago and the exterior of the El Morro looks great!

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 2:31 am

I spent one night in Gallup last summer, but unfortunately it was pouring rain, so I didn’t check out the town before leaving the next morning. I’m sorry I missed seeing this theater.

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