Cool in the Summertime El Raton Theater is a historical building that has been part of
the heart of Raton's downtown since construction was completed in the 1930's. It
recently celebrated its 78th anniversary in April, three days after its new owners
purchased it. The new owners and good friends who purchased El Raton Theater are Kerry
and Kristie Medina, Ted and Traci Kamp, and Neil and Donna Emiro. They took over
ownership and reopened the theater three years after previous owners had closed it. The
group felt very strongly that the town was in desperate need of a theater that would
provide the community with good wholesome entertainment for individuals and families.
The Medina, Emiro, and Kamp families
The 569-seat theater gained formal listing on the New Mexico State Register of
Cultural Properties in August 2006 and was added to the National Register of Historic
Places in January 2007. On May 23, 2008, with much local fanfare, the movie reels
began to roll again and the theater has since been a place where many families have
come to grab some popcorn and watch a good movie and reminisce of days gone by.
Although there continues to be some renovations needed to the building, business has
been good and the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and
The theater also boasts a full stage and orchestra pit. Although they have not been
used in the past, many creative plans for their use in the future are being considered
such as concerts, plays and possibly classic movies. The owners see this business
venture as an opportunity to help revitalize downtown Raton and hope that the
excitement created by reopening the theater will reverberate throughout the community.
El Raton Theater
115 North 2nd Street
Raton, NM 87740