Alley Theatre

212-216 W. San Francisco Street,
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises Inc.

Functions: Retail

Styles: Pueblo Deco

Previous Names: Burro Alley Theatre

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Alley Theatre

Built on the site of the 1880’s Herlow’s Hotel on W. San Francisco Street. The Burro Alley Theatre was opened on September 2, 1939 with Boris Karloff in “Juggernaut” & Gordon Oliver in “The Marines are Here” The 500-seat theatre, by the 1950’s known simply as the Alley Theatre, closed in 1968, screening Spanish-language films in its last years.

The theatre was converted into a furniture store after it closed, and in the 1990’s was divided into two small retail shops.

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kencmcintyre on May 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Here is a November 1950 ad from the Santa Fe New Mexican:

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Joe Vogel on April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

The March 24, 1939, issue of The Film Daily announced the start of construction on this theater:

“Santa Fe, N. M. — Construction has begun on the new theater being erected by Col. Nathan Salmon and Col. E. John Greer of the Lensic and Paris Theaters, on West San Francisco St., opposite the Lensic. S. L. Kirk, is the contractor. The new theater will be known as the "Burro Alley Theater” and will have a seating capacity of 750, and will be of Spanish architecture.“
A photo of the Alley Theatre appears on page 107 of Santa Fe: A Walk Through Time, by Kingsley Hammett (Google Books preview.) The building, directly across San Francisco Street from the Lensic Theatre, currently houses two retail shops.

rivest266 on September 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

September 2nd, 1939 grand opening ad in the photo section.

KevinCafaro on March 7, 2022 at 6:03 pm

I am reasonably confident that my great grandfather, Ed Arnold, painted the mural. He also painted the murals across the street at the Lensic (still in tact today) which was owned by the same person

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