Title: El Sol Theater
Location: Silver City, NM
Subject: The Silco Theatre Chain's 2nd Movie House
Sizes: 8"x8" to 24"x24" (HxW)
Aspect Ratio: 1:1
The El Sol Theatre was built as the second theatre in the Silco Theatres chain, owned by Edward W. Ward. It was constructed during the Depression (in 1934) by a local contractor without architects' drawings using recycled, locally made, soft bricks. Newspaper articles boasted at the theatre's opening that the entire building, two-and-a-half stories with a balcony and a basement, had been built in ninety days from the signing of the contract to the showing of the first movie. Today, after many years of being vacant, El Sol Performing Arts Center, a 200+ seat venue for theater, music, dance, and other performances, along with film screenings, conferences, festivals, and other presentations has been born.