Rio Grande Theatre
211 N. Main Street,
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Dona Ana Arts Council (Official), Rio Grande Theatre (Official)
Architects: Guy L. Frazer, Otto H. Thorman
Functions: Live Performances
Previous Names: Fox Rio Grande Theatre
The Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces was opened July 29, 1926. It was closed about 1998 and donated to the Dona Ana Arts Council a year later. Funds were raised to renovate the theatre for live events and it reopened in late-2011.
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The Rio Grande Theatre will open as a 420 seat performing arts/educational center in September of 2005. The Dona Ana Arts Council offices will relocate there at the end of July.
Here is additional information:
The theatre opened on July 29, 1926 with the film Mare Nostrum, directed by Rex Ingram and staring Alice Terry and Antonio Moreno.
For more history and excellent photos, see here.
Here is a 1948 photo:
Here is a February 1955 ad from the Las Cruces Sun-News:
Here is a September 2008 blog with a nice photo of the theater:
A January 2012 photo I took can be seen here .. And the Rio Grande is open! Their website is here.. Rio Grande Website .. Enjoy!
Opened July 29, 1926.