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Shuler Theater Begins its 100th Year Anniversary

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Wednesday night on stage at the Shuler Theater began the 100th year, in 1914 construction workers layer the cornerstone of what would become city hall, a fire station with stables and a theater.

Billy Donati, President of the Shuler Restoration Committee spoke to a large crowd Wednesday night giving a short history of the building and how it came to be.

Peter Simon played “Rhapsody in Blue” on the Steinway. He has performed three other times at the Shuler.

Bill Fegan then told the crowd about the Kaleidoscope Players and how they came to Raton in 1963 when he met with Evelyn Shuler and other businessmen of Raton. Bill Fegan remarked that if he had known at the time he would be spending the rest of his life here he might of done things a bit differently. 

 

The 100th Shuler Theater Cornerstone

The 100th Shuler Theater Cornerstone

 

A brick made available for silent auction

A brick made available for silent auction

 

Rev Adrianne Coleman gave the invocation for the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Shuler Theater.

Rev Adrianne Coleman gave the invocation for the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Shuler Theater.

 

Mayor Sandra Mantz spoke to the crowd at the Shuler Theater 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone

Mayor Sandra Mantz spoke to the crowd at the Shuler Theater 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone

 

Billy Donati spoke about the history of the theater including the story of the Steinway

Billy Donati spoke about the history of the theater including the story of the Steinway

 

Peter Simon at the keyboard of the Shuler Theater Steinway

Peter Simon at the keyboard of the Shuler Theater Steinway

 

Peter Simon at the keyboard

Peter Simon at the keyboard

 

Bill Fegan spoke about how the Shuler came to be today the one place in Raton for live theater

Bill Fegan spoke about how the Shuler came to be today the one place in Raton for live theater

 

Bill Fegan spoke before a large crowd at the Shuler Theater telling the group about the Kaleidoscope Players.

Bill Fegan spoke before a large crowd at the Shuler Theater telling the group about the Kaleidoscope Players.

 

The Air Force Academy Winds played on stage at the Shuler Theater during the Shuler Theater 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone

The Air Force Academy Winds played on stage at the Shuler Theater during the Shuler Theater 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone

 

A wood plaque for the Shuler Theater

A wood plaque for the Shuler Theater

 

Evelyn Shuler

Evelyn Shuler

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