New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela Kicks Off Historic Theatre Initiative at Clayton’s Luna Theater

CLAYTON – Today New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela kicked off the MainStreet Historic Theater Initiative, an investment in rural downtown theaters to help upgrade movie equipment and make infrastructure improvements. As part of this initiative, the nearly 100 year old Luna Theatre in Clayton was transformed into an advanced digital cinema while preserving and restoring historic architectural details. With the movie industry’s switch this year from film to digital media, many of these theaters could not afford the conversion and would sit vacant without assistance from the state. The Historic Theater Initiative is the only MainStreet program of its kind in the nation.