On April 1, the historic Kimo Theatre on Route 66 in Albuquerque is reopening to the public with an open house, followed by a program of live performances, screenings, and more.
The KiMo Theatre first opened on September 19, 1927. Architecturally, it emulates the Pueblo Deco style – a Southwestern style that which integrated Native American spirit with Art Deco. Over the decades, the theatre saw performances from the likes of Vivian Vance, Tom Mix, and Ginger Rogers.
In the 1960’s a large fire caused extensive damage the theatre’s stage and areas at the front of the auditorium. Later on in ’77, the KiMo was slated for destruction before the Albuquerque citizens rallied together to save it. For the past two years, the City of Albuquerque has been upgrading the theatre.
From 4 – 7 pm on April 1, organizers are hosting an open house to the public to re-introduce the newly renovated theatre. Here, visitors can go on a self-guided tour through the picture palace. Additionally, the event will feature a variety of food trucks and eateries, including Kamikaze Food Truck, Tania’s Tasty Kitchen, Blue Door Patisserie, and Simply Sinful Donuts. Felix y Los Gatos will provide Latin blues music, while Hollow Spirits will be serving up enticing cocktails.
Following the open house, the theatre has a variety of live performances scheduled for the coming months, beginning with a performance by Jackson Galaxy on April 14. The theatre will also host the Reel Rock 16 Film Tour, Stories & Songs of Native Americana, Henry Rollins, Roy Orbison, and more.
For more details, you can visit the theatre’s website here.