Odeon Theater screens free movie at grand opening

QCS photo: Steve Hansen Robert Lopez works the controls of the Odeon Theater’s new movie projector.

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Robert Lopez works the controls of the Odeon Theater’s new movie projector.

By Steve Hansen

QCS Managing Editor

The Odeon Theater’s owners celebrated the theater’s grand opening last week with a free public screening of “Bless Me Ultima” and received recognition for restoring the old theater and keeping it in business.

On Tuesday, civic leaders gathered in the theater for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, using the Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting shears built by local world-champion farrier Jim Keith. Tucumcari MainStreet’s chairman David Hale then presented the owners, Robert Lopez and Christyne Dominguez with a plaque recognizing their efforts in restoring the theater.

The guests then viewed “Bless Me Ultima,”  projected onto to new screen from a new projector, and with sound from 14 speakers separated into seven channels, according to Dominguez.

On Wednesday night, Lopez and Dominguez opened the theater to everyone.  Between 60 and 70 people appeared to enjoy cake, popcorn and iced tea on the house.  Many also toured the facility, including the projection booth, with its new digital camera and controls, and newly painted and upholstered seats.  On the screen, photos of the remodeling project alternated as music played.

At 6 p.m., Dominguez welcomed the audience and thanked them for their patronage. Then came the movie, based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel about faith and magic, and good and evil in post-World War II New Mexico.

As audience members walked out, many commented, “good movie.”

“We love that they kept the ownership local,” Tammy Lucero, Tucumcari, said. “We love the remodeling.”

Lucero’s husband Esteban Lucero added that the theater staff was “very friendly and professional.”

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