El Cortez Theatre in New Mexico Sold to Local Community Group
The historic El Cortez movie theatre on Main St. in Truth or Consequences has been sold to El Cortez T or C LLC, set up by a local group of businessmen and film industry supporters.
By: Friends of NM Film
"We're happy to have this landmark theatre as an asset to the county and to be one of the smallest communities in the state if not the country with a first-run movie house," said NaNi Rivera, Chair of the Sierra County Film Advisory Board and a member of the group. "The El Cortez will showcase both commercial and art house pictures. Our plan is to keep admission prices low and the concessions affordable while expanding our programming offerings."
The iconic theater is in the town of "Truth or Consequences"
Sid Bryant, another group member added, "We can be that anchor for the reimagining of Foch Street and a new historic theatre district on Main. We want to be an iconic landmark that brings locals and tourists to downtown. Because while a closed movie theater signals stagnation and decay, a busy, open movie theatre is a sign of a vibrant and growing downtown."
This small resort town is also a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and wellness tourism boasting hot springs and spa treatments along with live music, art galleries, wineries and more. With the new commercial Spaceport, visitors can also take the Spaceport America Experience tour for an authentic look and hands on experience at what it will be like for future travel.
NaNi Rivera looks forward to formally reopening El Cortez when restrictions are lifted. "As soon as we can we want to host our community," she said. "We want the community's input and ideas so we can build this film center together."
For further information about this announcement, please contact NaNi Rivera, Friends of NM Film by email at nani4nmfilm@