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 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 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. 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: