211 N. Main Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001

The Rio Grande Theatre, originally built in 1926, is a restored  performing arts center in the heart of Downtown Las Cruces. It is the only operating 2-story adobe theater in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In almost constant operation as a cinema house for over 70 years, the Rio Grande Theatre is the performance venue and home of the Dona Ana Arts Council since it was renovated and reopened in 2005. Completely refurbished as a 422-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility in the heart of downtown Las Cruces, it is used for Arts Council sponsored events, and is rented by other groups for performances.

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, Every Other Tuesday free performances, and special lectures are also a regular occurrence at the Rio Grande Theatre.

The only remaining 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 downtown Las Cruces’ revitalization.