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dewynne commented about El Paseo Theatre on Jun 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I rented the El Paseo Theatre from Nathan Greer, whose family owned a good deal of real estate in Santa Fe in late winter of 1975. They also owned the Lensic Theatre. I believe they owned Commonwealth Theaters. New Mexico 2000 became New Mexico, The Enchanted Land the following year. It was a five screen multimedia historical entertainment, narrated by Richard Basehart, with original music score and contributions of several local and regional photographers. Then Governor Jerry Appodaca spoke at the premiere.
When I rented it, the theater had no seats and was in disrepair. I complete restored the old Cassidy Murals, which had been defaced.
We operated the show during the summer of 1975, then, due to poor attendance(the city had exaggerated its tourist numbers) moved it to Old Town in Albuquerque where it was renamed New Mexico, The Enchanted Land.

Subsequently, the theater became a disco. Mirrored glass was glued directly onto the murals – that’s a shocker, in Santa Fe? The theater unfortunately has gone through several rather dismal reincarnations.