In almost constant operation as a cinema house for over 70 years, the Rio Grande Theatre is now a performing arts venue since it was renovated and reopened in 2005 by the Dona Ana Arts Council. Completely refurbished as a 426-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility in the heart of downtown Las Cruces, it is now owned by the City of Las Cruces, operated by the Arts Council, and available for rent by other groups.
Take a tour. Discover the rich history of this one-of-a-kind Arts facility, and take a look forward to upcoming events and performances by the best and brightest local and international stars. Among the many performers and artists who have graced her stage are piano virtuoso George Winston, dance phenomenon the Moscow Ballet, folk legend Janis Ian, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the internationally renowned Vienna Boys Choir and many, many more. Film series, literary events, free performances, and special lectures are also a regular occurrence at the Rio Grande Theatre.
The only remaining operating two-story adobe theatre in the country, the Rio Grande Theatre is once again a focal point of history as the jewel in the crown of City of Las Cruces' downtown revitalization.