West Theatre

118 West Santa Fe Avenue,
Grants, NM 87020

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The West in Grants

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The West Theatre is the last of the three theatres in operation in Grants. The West Theatre was originally a single screen theatre that was converted to a twin. The balcony was converted to the second screen.

It is located on Santa Fe Avenue (Old Route 66) at First Street. The theatre is a two story building with the top portion painted an off white and the lower section at street level painted a burnt orange. It has a small V shaped marquee with a vertical spelling out “West” and a large flashing star on the top.

The West Theatre plays fisrt run attraction in both auditoriums.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre on August 25, 2006 at 8:46 am

It’s about a block east of the Lux.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm

The West Theatre apparently turned fifty years old this month. The May 18, 1959, issue of Boxoffice said that it had opened recently. The opening features were “Tarawa Beachhead” and “Crash Landing.” Boxoffice reported the cost of the new theatre as $125,000.

The owner of the West Theatre was J.C. West, Grants' theater magnate. He bought the Lux Theatre in 1950, and built the Sahara Drive-In in 1958. He also operated the Trails Drive-In at Grants.

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