Pecos Theatre

219 S. 4th Street,
Santa Rosa, NM 88435

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March 2010

The El Paso Tiempo Theatre was opened in 1917. Located along historic Route 66 (4th Street) in Santa Rosa, over the years it was renamed several times. In 1981 it was renamed Pecos Theatre and operated as a 350-seat movie house until closing in November 2010 with Jim Sturgess in “Legend of the Guardians:The Owls of Ga'Hoole”. It features a Mission style facade of adobe and stone.

It was purchased by Guadalupe County in January 2016 and following renovations which included a new marquee and vertical sign installed in June 2019. It was reopened on September 7, 2019 with Dwayne Johnson in “Fast and Furious Presents:Hobbs and Shaw”. The seating capacity has been reduced to 126 leather chairs with retractable armrests and cup holders, and a retractable screen. The theatre has Dolby surround sound.

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LFOP on January 31, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Here’s a 2006 view of the PECOS – operator Rudy Sanchez owns the truck:

chadhauris on November 1, 2007 at 10:09 pm

We attended the Pecos Theatre in Santa Rosa in 2004…it was a little run down but had a fairly large crowd for the show. It has just a single level, no balcony. The theatre used carbon arc lamps and a Ballantyne Sound-Master tube type sound system. The projection booth is accessed by a ladder which goes up from the concession stand so if only one person is working at the theatre, he can sell tickets and snacks and still operate the projectors.
Here is a 2004 photo, it is at the bottom of this page:3

Austin Klososky
Austin Klososky on March 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm

My buddy and I got stranded in New Mexico on our way home from Phoenix, I wanted to make sure we at least made it to a town with a movie theatre, we didn’t, but the on the way home we decided to drop by this place anyway… It was a sad discovery to see it was closed.

The outside looked to be in very nice condition. We peeked in the window and there was a one sheet for The Blind Side in the now playing poster case. Sign in the window said CLOSED PERMANENTLY.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Sell Concessions and make Change-overs at the same time.WOW.

SPOK on January 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

My memory of the Pecos Theater goes back to January 2, 1983. I was on my way to my first active duty military assignment and had just driven 1,100 miles. I ran into the tail end of a snow storm in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle and did not break free of the storm until Amarillo, TX. As soon as the sun barely plied the eastern horizon I pulled into Santa Rosa, NM and convinced the elderly desk clerks at the Motel 6 to allow me to check in early.

After carting my luggage to my room I felt wide awake enough to drive into town where I parked on, what I thought was, a side street. As I strolled down the sidewalk toward a small grocery store I chanced to pass the front of the theater. Having previously worked at a cinema for years I thought it would be a great idea to catch a movie that night. Alas the theater’s posted schedule indicated that it was only open a couple days of the week and Sunday January 2nd was not one of those days.

drivein2001 on January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

From what I can tell, this Theatre is still open…
RAC Photography

Chris1982 on August 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Opened as the Rodeo Theatre in 1920. Should have an AKA Rodeo

DavidZornig on December 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Purchased by Guadalupe County in January 2016.

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