New Mexico MainStreet Announced Second Annual Historic Theaters Institute in Silver City on April 22

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on April 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm


SILVER CITY – New Mexico MainStreet announced on Monday that it will have its second annual Historic Theaters Institute in Silver City on April 22.

The Historic Theaters Institute is open to New Mexico’s community leaders to help them improve the performance of their local theaters and spur economic growth in their downtown MainStreet districts.

New Mexico MainStreet is a program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, and is partnering with Silver City MainStreet to host the institute. The Silco Theater will also have its Grand Opening April 21, the evening preceding the Institute.

“Participants in the Institute will have an exciting opportunity to learn from the successful rehabilitation of the Silco Theater, which has been a catalyst for driving new business and commerce to downtown Silver City,” said Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela. “It is my hope other communities can implement the successful strategies of other downtowns in their own economic revitalization efforts for older theaters.”

Revitalizing and operating a historic theater is an exciting community development project that can have spinoff effects for a business district. A successful movie theater or multipurpose performing arts theater requires dynamic promotion and programming strategies to attract diverse audiences for fun, entertainment and community building.

Read more on the Silver City Sun-News web site

Black & White images courtesy of CInema Treasures. COlor image courtesy of the Silco Theatre Face Book page:

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ABOUT THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: Founded by Ben Hall in 1969, the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) celebrates, documents and promotes the architectural, cultural and social relevance of America’s historic theatres. Through its preservation of the collections in the American Theatre Architecture Archive, its signature publication Marquee™ and Conclave Theatre Tour, THS increases awareness, appreciation and scholarly study of America’s theatres.

Learn more about historic theatres in the THS American Theatre Architecture Archives and on our website at



Comments (2)

pnelson on April 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Nice marquee and blade signage. Auditorium is good looking too. Wall design is handsome.

MPol on April 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

It’s heartening to see such interesting and informative news on the opening of such a beautiful-looking theatre. It looks like a great theatres for both fabulous movies, and stage plays.

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