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The Santa Fe New Mexican published an article last week reporting that author George R.R. Martin has purchased the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Martin's "Game of Thrones" series of books is the basis for the popular HBO series. The Jean Cocteau Cinema was formerly operated by Storyteller Cinemas until it closed in 2006.
The article (click the Read link below) could not verify the information through official sources, but the purchase has been confirmed by Martin himself on his blog on April 19, 2013:
Yes, it's true. I've bought a movie theatre.
The Jean Cocteau is a small Santa Fe art house, with a single screen and 127 seats. It was built in the early 70s as the Collective Fantasy, became the Cocteau later in that decade, went through several local owners who ran it well, and finally became part of the Trans-Lux chain. They closed it in April, 2006, when they shut down their entire chain of theaters. After that it supposedly became the site of the New Mexico Film Museum, but the museum was never funded and never had any exhibits, so that was more in theory than in practice. Aside from a few special showings for the state film commission, which used to have its offices upstairs, the theater has been dark since 2006.
Before that, however, it was one of the city's nicest film venues. It offered coffee and pastries, and had the best popcorn in town, fresh-popped with real butter and parmesan cheese. I saw a lot of movies at the Cocteau between 1979, when I moved to Santa Fe, and 2006, when it closed. I like the idea of bringing it back, better than ever.
We're having a press conference on Tuesday to detail our plans for the Cocteau to the local media, FYI. If anyone reading this is local media, you're welcome to attend.
More than that, I cannot say at this time.
So, there you go. Tomorrow's press conference may provide some more details, such as an opening date and any plans to upgrade/modify/restore the theater.
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