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Spencer Theatre, Alto, NM

Posted on: October 17, 2014

After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we were fortunate enough to get to take a tour of the Spencer Theater.

 

It was visible from quite a distance.

It was visible from quite a distance.

Pretty gated entrance.

Pretty gated entrance.

The other side of the gate.

The other side of the gate.

View from the gate.

View from the gate.

This is a fountain, but it wasn't running.

This is a fountain, but it wasn’t running.

Approaching from the valet parking area.

Approaching from the valet parking area.

Glassed in portion.

Glassed in portion.

It is a 514-seat landmark performing arts center north of Ruidoso, NM.  It was designed by Antoine Predock, and opened October 1997.  It is a year round venue of major touring Broadway, dance or musical performances.  It has outstanding acoustics which they explain on the tour.  The theater is decorated with glass created by Dale Chihuly.

 

GLOWING SUNSET TOWER, a 14-foot glass tower of squiggling bows of red and orange. The sculpture dominates the theater’s Crystal Lobby.

GLOWING SUNSET TOWER, a 14-foot glass tower of squiggling bows of red and orange. The sculpture dominates the theater’s Crystal Lobby.

Red Hot Poker flowers (lengths of 1.4-feet to 4.3-feet) of yellow and red that launch from two stone bases in the theater’s atrium.

Red Hot Poker flowers (lengths of 1.4-feet to 4.3-feet) of yellow and red that launch from two stone bases in the theater’s atrium.

The tour took us onstage (not much to photograph there) and then backstage to the prop room.

 

Prop left behind

Prop left behind

Another prop left behind

Another prop left behind

We continued to the dressing rooms. The hallway leading to this area was signed by the artists that performed here.

 

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Chihuly didn't perform here, but he signed the wall.

Chihuly didn’t perform here, but he signed the wall.

 

The tour continued upstairs to the balcony area.

COBALT BLUE BASKETS:  six bowl-like baskets are held within the womb of an 18-inch wide, cobalt blue mother basket.

COBALT BLUE BASKETS: six bowl-like baskets are held within the womb of an 18-inch wide, cobalt blue mother basket.

On display in 2nd floor lobby.

On display in 2nd floor lobby.

Painting in the 2nd floor lobby.

Painting in the 2nd floor lobby.

An award

An award

THE PERSIANS - massive burst of fireworks. Located along the upper crystal lobby wall, the 36-piece display is a bright mosaic of colors.

THE PERSIANS – massive burst of fireworks. Located along the upper crystal lobby wall, the 36-piece display is a bright mosaic of colors.

A different angle.

A different angle.

A closeup.

A closeup.

Another view.

Another view.

Looking down on the 1st floor lobby from the 2nd floor.

Looking down on the 1st floor lobby from the 2nd floor.

Our tour continued to the exclusive Founder’s Room and loggia on the second floor of the theater where  more Chihuly glass is displayed.

 

RUBY SEA GARDEN - rippling tentacles of ruby glass

RUBY SEA GARDEN – rippling tentacles of ruby glass

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RUBY CHANDELLIER

RUBY CHANDELIER

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We returned to the second floor lobby and had our picture made with THE PERSIANS.

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Another view looking down before we leave.

One last look down before we leave.

Stairway to the second floor.
Stairway to the second floor.

Normally tours are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.  To find out more contact them at:  (888) 818-7872

 

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