In 2001, the Arts Council purchased the old Ocotillo movie theatre at Roselawn and Main Streets in downtown Artesia. The theatre was built in 1935 and converted to a cafeteria in the 1950's. It served as a space for many productions and events for several years until the decision was made to completely renovate it. In 2006 the Arts Council hired Devendra Contractor of Albuquerque as architect for the Ocotillo remodeling. Actual construction work, supervised by Jaynes Corporation of Albuquerque, began in September 2007. The Grand Opening of this beautiful theater was held November 20, 2008.