Chief Theatre

228 W. Coal Avenue,
Gallup, NM 87301

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Pueblo Deco

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Chief Theatre

The Chief Theatre, on Coal Avenue, originally opened in 1920. It could seat 650. In 1936, the Chief was completely remodeled in Pueblo Deco style. Its owner at the time was R.E. Griffith, brother of the famed Hollywood director D.W. Griffith. (R.E. Griffith also owned the El Rancho Hotel).

Long closed as a movie house, the former Chief is now used as a retail shop specializing in Native American goods. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 and the State Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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thegrinch on November 30, 2006 at 11:09 am

I believe the Chief had a 3 or 4 rank Robeert Morton organ installed about 1922. Disposition is unknown. If anyone has more details on the organ and disposition I would like to hear from them. Don Story

50sSNIPES on August 21, 2021 at 5:28 pm

Remodeled On August 20, 1936, reopening with “High Tension” along with a comedy entitled “Wife Of A Party”, and a Fox Movietone newsreel.

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