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

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 25, 2006 at 4:46 pm

It’s about a block east of the Lux.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 4, 2006 at 3:29 pm

Here is another recent photo of the West Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 10, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Another recent photo of the West Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

This is another 1983 night photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 9, 2009 at 4:01 am

Here is a nice 2009 close-up photo.

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