El Cortez Theater

415 Main Street,
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

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El Cortez Theater (Official)

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Mission Revival

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 575.894.4914
Manager: 575.740.4526

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The El Cortez

The El Cortez Theater was built in 1933 and had a seating capacity of 580. Within the first 10 years of operation, a gas explosion blew the front off the theatre. It was repaired and reopened.

It was closed for many, many years, but revitalized and re-opened in 1995 to show first-run movies once again.

This little town of Truth or Consequences, NM (pop. 7,500+), formerly Hot Springs, NM, and the little surrounding towns, have helped support it through the years with their generous attendence.

Contributed by Moshe Koenick

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 2:20 pm

The town was named after the TV show following some kind of contest years ago. I don’t recall what the original name of the town was.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 1, 2007 at 3:36 pm

The town was originally named Hot Springs. Film Daily Yearbooks from 1941 though 1950 list the El Cortz Theatre with 500 seats (1941/1943 editions) to 580 seats (1950 edition).

Cinecita on September 9, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Starting today a Sunday evening show time has been added to accommodate the community.

ElCortez on December 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

To see more pics of the Theater inside & out, including projection booth, check out the photos page on the theater’s facebook page.

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Here are the prices as of 2010.
Admission to the theater is just $5.
Small popcorn $2 – Large popcorn $3
Candy $1 – Super Size Candy $2
Nachos $2
Bottled water $1

ElCortez on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Roger Katz – Noted :) – I’ll work to correct that.

FYI we recently made the switch to digital, but still are able to show film when needed.

Also since the change to digital, some of our prices have changed to: As of Nov 2014 Admission to the theater is just $6. Small popcorn $3 – Large popcorn $4 Candy $1 – Super Size Candy $2 Nachos $2 Bottled water $1

MichaelKilgore on November 3, 2020 at 11:29 am

Motion Picture Herald, Sept. 6, 1947: “Tomas Martinez is rebuilding front of El Cortez, after it was wrecked by runaway truck.”

ElCortez on November 5, 2020 at 9:55 pm

MichaelKilgore - that seems to be from a different El Cortez located in Colorado. However, I had heard this El Cortez had a gas explosion in the early 40s that blew the front of the building off and was rebuilt.

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