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Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

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A touch of class in cowboy country

What you see...is this beautiful theater sitting atop a mesa glittering in the late afternoon sun... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Nisha H
Ruidoso, New Mexico, United States
Hidden gem in the mountains

This is a top notch, absolutely beautiful theater. They do free tours on Tuesday and Thursday... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Paulette B
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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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...more
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108 Spencer Dr, Hwy 220, Ruidoso, NM 88312-9559
+1 575-336-4800
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

What you see...is this beautiful theater sitting atop a mesa glittering in the late afternoon sun. A contemporary building that is built into the mesa in such a way as to become a part of it with a glass pavilion pushing its way out of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a top notch, absolutely beautiful theater. They do free tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10 am?) which are very informative and worth the time if you can't attend an actual concert. If you are staying in the area for a while, DO...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Paulette B
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We go to a show at the Spencer Theatre, each time we're in town. We have never been disappointed. The theatre is unique, the blown glass art is spectacular, by Chihuly...it's throughout the theater, gorgeous! The building, itself, is a work of art. It's also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Linda H
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We have wanted to go the Spencer's for a long time because of a recommendation from a neighbor. We finally made it and it was really worth the effort. The theater is outside Ruidoso, NM a fair distance, so you will want to leave a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank thegeese
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Tickets for a gospel quartet. Had wonderful seats and one of best performances I've seen here. Tickets a bit pricey but then they need to support the ongoing expenses. Be very careful driving after the shows in the evening. Wildlife is lurking everywhere. Went out...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank William J
Reviewed 26 April 2018

We were staying in the area & wondered "what that building was up there", so we drove over & took a tour. Free tours are offered on certain days at certain times (call ahead for days/times, as it can vary depending on performance schedules). The...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Have gone twice in 2 months to see shows and very pleased both times. Seats 500 patrons, so not a bad seat in the house, sat 7 rows back and center both times and Great Seats! Had dinner there before and good basic buffet meal.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Mark L
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Took my mom and cousin to Ruidoso. This was a perfect place to stop. Tuesday and Thursday tour was informative, the glass work impressive and the stage was incredible, most events are on the weekend so we will be back for a show! The walls...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank 505Green67
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Charlie Brown Christmas was a great show, the theater has some amazing glass art. GPS was not very helpful getting us there - some street lights and more obvious signage would be helpful. The seats are not on an incline for the first few rows...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank TProvencio
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Two different visits, first a tour of the facility which was quite enlightening and very educational. This is a truly "state of the art" theater which has been rated high enough to "tech" productions, which means get them ready to perform on Broadway and also...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank HEKneale
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1 October 2018|
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Response from William J | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes. And you can pre buy your drinks for the intermission. Beautiful place and venue for shows. Hope you enjoy.
31 May 2018|
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Response from William J | Reviewed this property |
Pretty much scattered throughout the year. They have website with all their shows.