Zia Theater

306 Colbert Avenue,
Springer, NM 87747

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MichaelKilgore on February 11, 2020 at 11:32 am

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.”

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 9, 2019 at 3:47 pm

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

MichaelKilgore on July 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

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

smham33 on June 29, 2009 at 11:04 am

The first picture posted is of a theater in Fort Sumner. I was there a couple months ago and took this picture:
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kpdennis on May 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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

kpdennis on May 11, 2009 at 12:19 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 April 25, 2009 at 3:37 am

According to the info above, the Zia’s movie days ended in 1995 – which is when this shot was taken:
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 3, 2007 at 6:04 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.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 19, 2005 at 7:37 pm

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