City Lights Cinema

1005 S. St. Francis Drive,
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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Shawn Langrick
Shawn Langrick on May 18, 2020 at 11:01 am

Before this was City Lights it went through a number of name changes:

๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—ฉ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ (adult) – August 19, 1970 – September 22, 1970 ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—ฉ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ (adult)– September 23 – December 15, 1970 ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐˜† ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ปโ€™๐˜€ (adult) – December 16, 1970 – October 6, 1971 ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—ซ (adult) – October 7, 1971 – March 21, 1975 At this point the Art Cinema X was relocated to 3rd Street where it lingered until 1989 ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜‚ (mainstream) – March 28, 1975 – May 19th (?), 1977

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on October 5, 2019 at 12:52 pm

A May 25th, 2013 article in the Santa Fe New Mexican from owner Bill Hill:

“Reader View: Movie-House History โ€” Donโ€™t Forget City Lights”

I wonder if Bill has some photos he could share with us on Cinema Treasures. I enjoy images of small theaters.

I wonder what the space is now. I visited the shopping center in July 2019 and don’t recall seeing a Domino’s Pizza there and I wasn’t sure where the City Lights had been.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

This opened in the first quarter of 1975 as Bijou and renamed and reopened as City Lights on May 20th, 1977. Grand opening ad in photo section.

misterboo@gmail.com
misterboo@gmail.com on August 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I worked at this little theater for ~3 years when I was a teenager. It was a great experience and I believe I developed my film taste with all of the cult, foreign, neglected, and classic movies I saw there. I spent a little time a the El Paseo too, but this was the place where I learned manual change-overs, arc carbon lamphouses, and screen masking.

Here’s a bio for Bill Hill the guy that owned and ran the place: http://www.filmprojection.com/bill-hill.html