Economic Development Secretary spotlights project to build NE New Mexico economy

Historic theater revival on tap

By Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 8/23/19

“It’s always a great time to visit northeast New Mexico,” said Keyes, “and we hope improvements in the Scenic Byway and the historic Luna Theater will help us build the economies of these communities and create more jobs.”

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Economic Development Secretary spotlights project to build NE New Mexico economy

Historic theater revival on tap

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Alicia Keyes, Secretary of Economic Development for New Mexico, will travel to the towns of Clayton and Cimarrón this week to publicize two initiatives that have brought state and federal funding to the area.

On Wednesday (Aug. 21), she will host a 7 p.m. screening of a New Mexico-made film, “The Space Between Us,” at the historic Luna Theater in Clayton to celebrate the facility’s refurbishment under the state’s Historic Theaters Initiative.

On Thursday (Aug. 22), Keyes will appear at 10 a.m. on the plaza in Cimarrón to announce procurement of a federal grant to improve U.S. Highway 64 as a National Scenic Byway. The U.S. Department of Transportation applies this designation to roads that are recognized for one or more of six intrinsic qualities: archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic.

“It’s always a great time to visit northeast New Mexico,” said Keyes, “and we hope improvements in the Scenic Byway and the historic Luna Theater will help us build the economies of these communities and create more jobs.”

According to the Historic Theaters Initiative, the loss of an entertainment venue in a small downtown district detracts from the community’s quality of life and morale as well as encouraging further “retail leakage” from the town’s core. The initiative has so far restored eight theaters in Alamogordo, Clayton, Clovis, Gallup, Lovington, Ratón, Silver City and Tucumcari.

The screening of “The Space Between Us,” a romantic adventure drama filmed primarily at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, is part of another project Keyes developed with the New Mexico Film Office to bring movies made in the state to some of the renovated theaters. Production of the film took place in Albuquerque, Belen, Santa Fe and Truth or Consequences.

Both events are open to the public. For the Luna Theater screening, reserve tickets at eventbrite.com.

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