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Raton Arts & Cultural District
113 N 2nd St Raton, NM 87740

Raton has a diverse offering of arts and cultural experiences in their Arts and Cultural District, establishing Raton as a Center for the Arts in Northeastern New Mexico. El Raton Movie Theater, is a classic movie house which has been upgraded with new state of the art digital projection and audio capabilities; the Raton Arts & Humanities Council presents visual arts programming at the Old Pass Gallery (built in 1910 as the Wells Fargo Building); discover the performing arts at the historic Shuler Theater, featuring WPA murals in the foyer. Beautiful Victorian buildings on historic First Street house galleries, antique shops, gift shops and cafes. Raton presents their Gate City Music Festival over Labor Day weekend. The event celebrates the area’s cowboy culture with musicians, street performers and cowboy poets, and local Hispanic culture. The historic Santa Fe Rail Depot on First Street is still in use with two daily Amtrak stops. The growth of Raton as a railroad and mining town is reflected in its unique architectural heritage. A walking tour, covering five blocks of downtown Raton, is the perfect way to take in the structures that were built between the mid-1880s and early 1900s and comprise the historic district.