Santa Fe goes to the movies

Pasatiempo - - HAPPENING IN MAY -

Santa Fe has an em­bar­rass­ment of riches when it comes to cine­mas. With the ar­rival of the Vi­o­let Crown com­plex and its 11 the­aters tucked into the Rai­l­yard, the num­ber of screens in town comes to some­thing like 35, which works out to a screen for about ev­ery two thou­sand cit­i­zens. That seems like a lot. And you do begin to won­der if there’s a sat­u­ra­tion point. Cer­tainly the es­tab­lished the­aters in town will be cast­ing a wary eye over their shoul­ders at the new con­tender. But au­di­ences aren’t com­plain­ing. Santa Feans love their movies — and al­ways have— and each of the city’s movie houses has its own dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter and de­voted fol­low­ing. As they used to say back in the ’50s, when movie the­aters were fac­ing the threat of an­other in­truder — tele­vi­sion — “Get more out of life. Go to a movie!” Cover photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mex­i­can.

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