AMC Classic Artesia 2

418 W. Main Street,
Artesia, NM 88210

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DanielTheMovieGod on August 15, 2020 at 6:06 am

AMC Theaters announced that they are closing this theatre permanently.

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 2, 1947: “Ray Bartlett to open August 15 his 1,250-seat, $150,000 theatre at Artesia, N. M.”

Motion Picture Herald, Aug. 16, 1947: “Ray Bartlett has named it the Landsun theatre and is opening it this month in Artesia, N. M.”

imaxman on July 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I worked here as a projectionist assistant while also running movies at the Hermosa Drive In theatre. I think I was about 16 at the time, there is not yet a listing for the drive in here, I can later add some comments. The LandSun was a single screen, Movies I remember here are “Whats New Pussycat”, Boy Did I Get A Wrong Number" with Bob Hope. The theatre down the street was closed and converted into a restaurant, although the projection booth was still intact with projectors and equipment. I was here when the Apollo 1 astronauts died, and when the Beatles music was banned. We had just put up a 24 sheet billboard at the drive in, and had to pull it down and replace it with something else. We also had a pickup truck that had two 6 sheet boards for movie adds. I sure wish I had a camera back then and the foresight to take pictures.


Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 26, 2010 at 4:03 am

A rare newsprint photo view of the Land of the Sun from 1949 the year it opened in Artesia.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm

A 1988 view of the Land of the Sun theater.

Compare it with Lost Memory’s photo postings to see what a great job Artesia did on the restoration!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 15, 2005 at 4:34 pm

The Land-Sun Theatre opened in 1947.