Landsun Theatre

Artesia, NM 88210

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Boxoffice, August 23, 1947: “The 855-seat Landsun Theatre, hailed as one of the finest in the southwest, was put into operation here last week by Ray Bartlett. The house was built at a cost of $150,000. Construction started in February of last year.

“The building is of steel and brick construction, air conditioned, and equipped with an unfinished balcony in which there is room for an additional 350 seats when they are needed. Bodiform seats are used, and the booth equipment is Simplex.

“A vertical sign from the roof to the marquee bears the words "Land of the Sun.” The marquee is triangular and the lighting underneath gives the impression of a setting sun.

“In addition to 824 seats on the main floor, there are five each in two cry rooms and 20 in a smoking room. Entrance to these rooms, and to the rest rooms, is off the foyer. The auditorium is decorated with six panels in various pastel shades along each well. The curtain is 30x40 feet”.

The 1950 Film Daily Year book included the Landsun as one of Artesia’s three theaters along with the Ocotillo Theatre and the Valley Theatre. It listed the Landsun with 914 seats.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore
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