Photo from the Bob Meza collection
123 S Second St|
Tucumcari NM 88401
|Record #1531 |
Capacity: 696 seats|
Architectural Style(s): Art Deco
National Register: 2007
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Tom Drake.
West of Clovis is Tucumcari where the Odeon opened in 1936. The facade’s glass block, decorative geometrical molding and large fluted vertical column supporting an Art Deco-style neon sign announced Hollywood had come to Tucumcari.
The Odeon began as a family business run by the Hurley family with partner Gene Hawkins. They chose the name “Odeon,” a popular theater name in France at the time, but townsfolk just called it “the new theatre.” The Hurleys received congratulatory telegrams from movie greats Frank Capra and Mary Astor when it opened in May of 1936.
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Photos from the Justin West collection.
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