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Ilfeld Auditorium

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The Historic Adele Ilfeld Auditorium


The Adele Ilfeld Auditorium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation also appreciates our historic theater. Click here for more information about Ilfeld Auditorium and New Mexico Highlands University’s other historic buildings.

Celebrate Ilfeld by contributing a seat!
Suggested gifts for seats: $300
Joint, group, and installment gifts are welcome
Engraved plaques adorn your seat
Please contact the NMHU Foundation for details
NMHU Foundation
New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701

Ilfeld Auditorium Renovations

Van H. Gilbert, Architect

In 1996, the historic Adele Ilfeld Auditorium was renovated.

This 75 year old sandstone landmark has borne the test of time; closed more than a year for renovations, the 727-seat auditorium returned late 1996 as the only major theatre in Northern New Mexico and a premier contemporary performance arts center . Restored and modernized, Ilfeld Auditorium still retains the old-world charm, classic beauty, and distinctive architectural features that have distinguished it since it was built in 1914.State assistance, totaling $950,000 funded the major portion of the Ilfeld Auditorium work; restoration included new lighting and sound systems, new stage rigging, complete balcony renovations, and accommodations to fulfill the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We kindly request that you, as patrons and admirers of Ilfeld, participate in her restoration. Historically authentic seats can be purchased for $300 each; these offer comfort, beauty, and the opportunity to honor a teacher, friend, or loved one. Engraved brass plaques will adorn your seats, providing lasting tribute to friends of Highlands, Las Vegas, and supporters across the state and the nation.
Total number of patron-named seats: 719
Cost per seat: $300
Total Ilfeld Restoration Campaign: $250,000