El Onate Theatre
Palace Avenue and Lincoln Avenue,
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Styles: Spanish Colonial
The El Onate Theatre opened in 1921, built on the site of the mid-19th century Capital Hotel on the corner of Palace Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. The little theater, one of the earliest built for showing movies in Santa Fe, was designed in Spanish Pueblo style. The building also included an auto dealership and retail store.
The El Onate Theatre was very short-lived, closing in 1924, and replaced by more retail space. The building still exists today, though heavily remodeled, and currently houses a bank.
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I have an ad for the El Rio Theater in Santa Fe, circa 1952. Any recollection of this by NM locals? More info would be helpful.
I believe that the first time I visited Santa Fe, ca. 1975, this building was the J.C. Penney’s. There was a Woolworth’s down the street and a Sears a block away. Santa Fe has changed!