Introduction: The Soul of Our City

Every town has its beating heart. It pulses through the streets, in the laughter and stories of its people and within its cherished landmarks. For us, that heart is the El Cortez Movie Theater. Are you curious about the tale behind its marquee lights? Let’s unravel the story together.


El Cortez Movie Theater: An Interesting History

A treasured local landmark, the El Cortez movie theater is recognized as one of the last theaters in the country to show 35-millimeter films.The theater isn’t merely a building with popcorn and projectors. It’s a time capsule of shared memories, a beacon of local culture, and a testament to our community’s spirit of resilience.  Built in 1933 with a seating capacity of 583, the theater was open for only ten years when a gas explosion blew out the front portion of the theater. The damage was repaired and the theater reopened but eventually closed again for many years, finally reopening again in 1995 and then purchased by a group of four partners, including Sid Bryan, in 2021.


Sid Bryan: The Guardian of Our Memories

At the helm of the theater’s revival is Sid Bryan, a man whose love for his community is intertwined with his business foresight. Sid is more than the theater’s co-owner; he’s our neighbor, a Realtor, a steward of several properties, and a philanthropist.


The Dream: A New Dawn for El Cortez Movie Theater

What led Sid Bryan and his partners to this architectural gem? It wasn’t just a business venture; it was a dream. A dream to safeguard a piece of our collective past and transform it into a thriving destination – an iconic landmark that brings locals and tourists to downtown Truth or Consequences.

Bumps on the Road: The Struggles

The path to reviving a movie theater isn’t lined with red carpets. Sid and his partners have faced many challenges, including the need to close during the Covid crisis. Additionally, while the hope was to show only first-run movies, the cost has proven to be an obstacle. None the less, the El Cortez will showcase both commercial and art house movies and is looking for other opportunities to expand program offerings.

El Cortez:  A Film Festival Debut

New Mexico’s booming film industry includes a number of movies filmed in the southern part of the state. As the number of those films grows, so does the call for more and more film festivals in New Mexico’s southern region. El Cortez partners met the call by introducing a three-day Film Fiesta in October of 2022. The festival offered guests a variety of activities, including raffles, a movie warehouse auction, screenings, panels, special guest appearances and after parties. 


The Community: The Lifeline

Community support is the lifeline of the theater – people who line up for movies, share nostalgic memories, and turn out for special events. And to ensure that individuals and families can head to the theater for all their favorite movie releases, the partners are committed to keeping the price of admission and concessions as low as possible.


The Ascent: What’s on the Horizon for El Cortez Movie Theater?

Wondering about the next act in this grand performance? Let’s raise the curtain and offer you a glimpse into the future. Sid and his partners dream of the El Cortez as more than a cinema; they see an ever-growing center of community interaction – a place where laughter and applause fill the air, painting a vibrant picture of unity and togetherness.  Perhaps in the future we’ll see another film festival, stand-up comedy, music acts, plays, talent shows and concerts.  One thing is for sure.  The future is bright and the possibilities are endless!

Be There: The Power of Presence

There’s no support like physical presence. So be there. Show up for a movie, an event, or any activity they host. Your presence is more than a ticket sale; it’s a vote of confidence and an affirmation of the theater’s place in our community.

Echo the Tale: Become an Advocate

The more, the merrier, as they say. Let your friends, family, and social media followers in on the secret. Share the story of the El Cortez Movie Theater and invite them to be part of this journey.


FAQs

  1. Who stands at the helm of the El Cortez Movie Theater revival?
  • Sid Bryan, a man of many talents and a heart full of community love, is co-leading this mission.
  1. What stirred Sid Bryant and his partners to buy the El Cortez Movie Theater?
  • They were inspired by a dream to transform the theater into a vibrant hub for community engagement and enjoyment.
  1. How can I help support the El Cortez Movie Theater’s future?
  • You can help by attending movies and special event and by spreading the word,
  1. What other roles does Sid Bryan play in the community?
  • Sid Bryan wears many hats. He is a philanthropist,  Realtor, and an owner of several properties in addition to co-owning the theater.

Epilogue: A Symphony of Community Spirit

The El Cortez Movie Theater’s story isn’t just about a building; it’s a symphony composed by the people of our city. It’s about neighbors like Sid Bryan and his partners who pour their hearts and souls into our community. Let’s echo this symphony, amplify it, and play our part in this grand performance.


Featured Listings

Lakeway Shopping Center – Space #1900 Available For Lease

1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Space for lease #1900 in the Lakeway Shopping Center. 17,185...

  • 17185 sq ft
1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

402 San Andres Dr, Elephant Butte, NM

$229,000For Sale
402 San Andres Dr, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Welcome to 402 San Andres Dr, Elephant Butte , NM,...

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 1350 sq ft
402 San Andres Dr, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
$229,000 For Sale

10 Monterry Point, Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

$2,500For Rent
10 Monterrey Point, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

10 Monterrey Point features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2500...

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 2500 sq ft
10 Monterrey Point, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
$2,500 For Rent

Lakeway Shopping Center – Space #1850 Available For Lease

1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Space for lease #1850 in the Lakeway Shopping Center. 10,452...

  • 10452 sq ft
1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Lakeway Shopping Center – Space #1810 Available For Lease

1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Space for lease #1810 in the Lakeway Shopping Center. 2,813...

  • 2813 sq ft
1900 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

Available For Sale – Vacant Land 4.89 Acres

$8,107Terms Available
Sanders Unified District, AZ, USA

There is So Much to Do on This 4.89-Acre Lot Available...

    Sanders Unified District, AZ, USA
    $8,107 Terms Available

    Available For Sale – Vacant Land 160 Acres

    $160,000Terms Available
    Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA

    160 acres of vacant land available for sale. Available on...

      Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA
      $160,000 Terms Available

      Available For Sale – Vacant Land 1.25 Acres

      $4,752Terms Available
      Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA

      Live A Truly Off-Grid Life on This 1.25-Acre Lot in...

        Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA
        $4,752 Terms Available

        Available For Sale – Vacant Land 40 Acres

        $32,000Terms Available
        Sangre de Cristo School District RE-22J, CO, USA

        Imagine all the things you can do with 40-acres. You...

          Sangre de Cristo School District RE-22J, CO, USA
          $32,000 Terms Available

          Available For Sale – Vacant Land 1.42 Acres

          $4,800Terms Available
          Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA

          Let’s go Off-Grid with this Luxurious 1.42-acre Paradise in Alamosa,...

            Alamosa School District RE-11J, CO, USA
            $4,800 Terms Available

            Available For Sale – Vacant Land – 5.43 Acres

            $15,680Terms Available
            Sangre de Cristo School District RE-22J, CO, USA

            Live a luxurious lifestyle when you build your home on...

              Sangre de Cristo School District RE-22J, CO, USA
              $15,680 Terms Available

              Hwy 179 & 51, Truth or Consequences, NM

              E. Third Avenue, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

              Vacant Land up on the hill borders Bureau of reclamation...

                E. Third Avenue, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

                618 S Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM

                618 S Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                This commercial property is located in the heart of Williamsburg,...

                  618 S Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                  Mirada Del Lago, Sierra County, NM

                  5R6V+H2 Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

                  Imagine owning a beautiful, secluded piece of land in the...

                  • -1 beds
                  5R6V+H2 Truth or Consequences, NM, USA

                  Alamosa Ranch Entitled – Subdivision 54 Lots

                  87 Alamosa Village Rd, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                  This 54-lot subdivision is located in Sierra County, just north...

                    87 Alamosa Village Rd, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                    Alamosa Ranch – 600 Acres

                    109 Alamosa Village Rd, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                    This 600-acre vacant land in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico,...

                      109 Alamosa Village Rd, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                      Coleman St, Truth or Consequences, NM

                      Coleman St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                      Are you looking for a unique investment opportunity in Truth...

                        Coleman St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                        820 Grape St, TorC, NM

                        820 Grape St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                        This charming 2-bedroom, 1.5-bathrooms, single-family home is located in the...

                        • 3 beds
                        • 2 baths
                        • 1400 sq ft
                        820 Grape St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                        Engle Road Acres – 162 Acre Land Near Spaceport

                        3X6V+H6 Engle, NM, USA

                        This 162-acre vacant land is ideally situated for a variety...

                          3X6V+H6 Engle, NM, USA

                          609-611 Van Patten St, Truth or Consequences, NM

                          609 Van Patten St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                          Two Charming Cottages in the Heart of Truth or Consequences...

                          • 1 bed
                          • 1 bath
                          • 600 sq ft
                          609 Van Patten St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA

                          Similar Posts