Zia Theater

306 Colbert Avenue,
Springer, NM 87747

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises Inc.

Functions: Church

Nearby Theaters

Zia Theater, Springer NM 1995

I found the Zia Theater located in Springer, New Mexico on a NM history site. The information given was the Zia Theater was a movie theater from 1937 to 1995. The building is now used as a “church meeting house”.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 19, 2005 at 11:37 pm

Good find! I photographed this one years ago on a trip through New Mexico, but now cannot find the pictures.


Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 3, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Sad to see the condition of the ZIA in the picture posted by ken mc.
Each time we lose one of these old treasures, a little bit of Americana is gone that we will never be able to replace.

Here is a picture I took of the ZIA’s aprrox. the summer of 1987.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 7:37 am

According to the info above, the Zia’s movie days ended in 1995 – which is when this shot was taken:
View link

kpdennis on May 11, 2009 at 4:19 am

Here’s a small mystery – the Zia Theater photos here for Springer, NM appear to show two different venues. The photos from 1995, 1981, 1984 show a building with windows and a box office set back from the sidewalk, not to mention a semi-modern marquee and neighboring storefronts.

The first two photos posted above – one from 1987 – look to be a different venue, with smaller, windowless building, no marquee and a much different sign. Is this the Zia Theater in Los Lunas, NM that is listed elsewhere on Cinema Treasures?

kpdennis on May 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

A new entry for another Zia Theater – Fort Sumner, NM is in order?

smham33 on June 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

The first picture posted is of a theater in Fort Sumner. I was there a couple months ago and took this picture:
View link

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 9, 2019 at 7:47 pm

Gibraltar Enterprises needs to be added to the list of past operators

MichaelKilgore on August 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

Chain of ownership, 1948-1972.

Boxoffice, July 17, 1948: “SPRINGER, N. M. – John C. Wood of Clarksdale, Ariz., has purchased the Zia Theatre and confectionery here.”

Motion Picture Exhibitor, April 21, 1965: “The Zia, Springer, N. M., has been purchased by Carl J. Garitson from John C. Wood.”

Boxoffice, Oct. 9, 1972: “Carl J. Garitson, a veteran exhibitor in the Southwest territory, has sold his Zia Theatre, Springer, N.M., to Carlos P. Gutierrez, a newcomer to the business.”

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.