Rio Grande Theatre

211 N. Main Street,
Las Cruces, NM 88001

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Related Websites

Dona Ana Arts Council (Official), Rio Grande Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Architects: Guy L. Frazer, Otto H. Thorman

Functions: Live Performances

Previous Names: Fox Rio Grande Theatre

Phone Numbers:
Manager: 575.523.6403

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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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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

DavidEdwards on February 17, 2005 at 2:23 pm

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.

croft on October 16, 2007 at 1:22 am

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.

kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Here is a February 1955 ad from the Las Cruces Sun-News:

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Here is a September 2008 blog with a nice photo of the theater:

Driveintheatre2001 on January 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

A January 2012 photo I took can be seen here .. And the Rio Grande is open! Their website is here.. Rio Grande Website .. Enjoy!

RAC Photography

Texas2step on December 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Opened July 29, 1926.

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