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Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

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Address: 108 Spencer Dr, Hwy 220, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9559
Phone Number:
+1 575-336-4800
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

A 514-seat landmark performing arts center near Ruidoso, NM, designed by...

A 514-seat landmark performing arts center near Ruidoso, NM, designed by Antoine Predock featuring a major touring Broadway, dance or musical performance, on the average, every 11 days year round. Four major glass installations by Dale Chihuly. Tours Tue & Thu at 10 a.m.

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Unbelievable Venue

With all the sophistication and excitement of Broadway, nestled in the bucolic setting of Ruidoso, this theater is a must see for anyone interested in quality entertainment. I've... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 July 2015
Mary S
Trumbull, Connecticut
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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

With all the sophistication and excitement of Broadway, nestled in the bucolic setting of Ruidoso, this theater is a must see for anyone interested in quality entertainment. I've had the pleasure of seeing several performances at Spencer and have always been struck by the excellent seats (no matter where you are sitting, you have a great view), the diverse and... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

Have visted the Spencer Theater several times and it is really awesome. The Theater itself is a quite a sight coming out of Ruidoso and this work of art appears. The managment of the Theater do a great job pulling in multiple types of talent whose reach steps across generations. Our expierences here have been outstanding and at this welcoming... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

We attended a jazz performance and was impressed by the fantastic acoustics and great seating. There are no bad seats in the theater. The staff and patrons were friendly and there was room to dance in front of the stage. The performers encouraged everyone to enjoy themselves and dance to their music. The performance was preceded by a New Orleans... More 

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

I did not see a show here, but toured the facility. It's out in the middle of nowhere, but is worth the drive. They offer tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00. It's a beautiful theater, and the tour takes you on stage, backstage, into the dressing rooms, through the kitchen, etc., and it's free. The tour takes a bit... More 

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Alto, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

This state-of-the-art performance center is world class! From the minute you enter this architecturally beautiful building, you feel an air of excitement. The entire crew welcomes you into a magical space even before you enter the theater. Every performance I have seen here is fabulous....Broadway touring musicals, Van Cliburn gold medalists, ballet, tribute bands, etc. It's a don't miss experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

A wonderful place to visit. They always have different things going on, for every taste. I saw the tribute for the Bee Gee's, that was great! Also the tribute for the Eagles, they were fantastic.

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Chaparral, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

I first went to the Spencer Theater on a school field trip and had so much fun I went back for a another performance with my 23yr. old son. The staff is always so helpful and nice and the service just fantastic. The seating is at enough of an angle unless a huge person and wild hairdo sits in front... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour (on 2 Apr 2015) of this unique theater in Alto, a beautiful community north of Ruidoso. Our guide was outstanding. We learned about Mrs. Spencer's love for theater and her unyielding pursuit to build a facility that is expertly placed in its natural surroundings and is expertly constructed and furnished to provide... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

We were visiting Ruidoso and when our son was an architecture student, they visited this theater. So my husband and I decided to see if we could have a look at it while we were in the neighborhood. They have tours on Tuesday's and Thursday's but of course we were here on a Friday, but a very nice person took... More 

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

Was privileged to see Lee Greenwood in concert in August 2014. Awesome venue. One of the best concerts I've been to in a long time.

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