Cavern Theatre

210 N. Canyon Street,
Carlsbad, NM 88220

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Architects: Jack M. Corgan

Firms: Durham Mackay Architects

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 505.887.3131
Manager: 505.887.3131

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The Cavern Theatre was opened on April 3, 1951 with David Wayne in “Up Front”. It closed as a movie theatre on October 2, 1979 with Sigourney Weaver in “Alien”. Since then it has been used spasmodically for musical performances and other events. In February 2014 it was donated to the city of Carlsbad by the Light & Rogers families. It is being transformed into a multi-purpose performing arts center.

Your basic box with a unique curved lobby. Currently working with a theatre design consultant and Durham Mackay Architects. The proposed completed project will be a theatre that will be for live stage and motion picture venues.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 24, 2008 at 6:54 pm

A 1973 photo of the Cavern during better times showing “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” A cold, snowy February 1986 photo here and a July 1988 photo here

kaleyaramirez on April 11, 2017 at 7:55 am

this theatre is currently being renovated and revisioned by Durham Mackay Architects

50sSNIPES on July 18, 2021 at 9:02 pm

The actual opening date is April 3, 1951 with David Wayne in “Up Front”.

MichaelKilgore on May 15, 2022 at 9:07 pm

Carlsbad Current-Argus, Wed., Sept. 26, 1979: “The Cavern Theater will close its doors Tuesday (Oct. 2nd) as a full-time theater, but will re-open on special occasions, holidays or when a suitable film product is available. Theater manager Abby Parrish … said that the theater will still house the (local Commonwealth Theaters) office. It will also be available for clubs and presentations … The last performance on Tuesday will be a showing of "Alien.” "

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