The New Mexico MainStreet Program fosters economic development in the state by supporting local MainStreet revitalization organizations and their work in downtowns and the adjacent neighborhoods. The Program provides resources, education, training and services that preserve local historic culture and heritage, enhance the built environment, and stimulate the economic vitality of each participating community
Historic Theaters Initiative
The New Mexico Historic Theaters Initiative is part of an ongoing statewide effort led by the Economic Development Department and New Mexico MainStreet to rehabilitate historic theaters and install new digital projection and sound equipment to prevent them from going dark.
Nationwide, many small town theaters have closed their doors because of the high cost of digital projection equipment. Besides loss of a business anchor in downtown districts, the loss of an entertainment venue has negative impacts on quality of life, retail leakage and community morale.
Economic Development Department has made grants to six publically owned classic theaters throughout New Mexico. These include the Luna Theater in Clayton, the Silco Theater in Silver City, the Lea Theatre in Lovington, the Shuler Theater in Raton, the El Morro Theater in Gallup and the Lyceum Theater in Clovis. Each historic theater has been identified as a catalytic economic driver for their respective community.
Historic Theater Institutes help communities and theater operators breathe new life into aging stages and auditoriums. Institutes feature workshops on new trends in cinema; digital conversion; fostering local community theater programs; and innovative operating strategies, including fundraising and programming for the cinema and theater business.
4 Main Street
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
Contact: Avery Christy
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