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New Mexico Movie Theatres (page 1)

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KiMo Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
The KiMo Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and built in 1927. The name "KiMo" means "mountain lion" or, more freely interpreted, "king of its kind". After the threat of demolition, the theatre was saved in 1977. In 2000, it was restored as a performing arts center. The auditorium features a deep blue painted sky with log-like ceiling beams. There are murals of dance and hunt scenes, Navajo rugs, chandeliers shaped like war drums, death canoes, and buffalo skulls with glowing eyes. In 2011, a replica of the original 24 foot tall blade sign was installed. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Lobo Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
Hiland Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
The Lobo Theatre opened in 1938. It closed in 2000 and now houses a church. For more, see this website.

The Hiland Theatre opened in 1951. It closed in 1995. The building now houses the National Dance Institute. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Sandia Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
El Rey Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
The Sandia Theatre opened in 1946. It closed in 1956 and was used as a transmission shop for about 35 years. In 2011, the building was renovated and now houses the Aveda Institute of New Mexico. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The El Rey Theatre opened in 1941. In the mid-1970s, it was known as the Reel Theatre. Later, the marquee was restored to reflect the original name. In 1981, the theatre was converted into a nightclub. Most recently, the building has been used as a live music venue. In 2014, the theatre closed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Gila Theatre
Silver City, NM
El Sol Theatre
Silver City, NM
The Gila Theatre opened in 1950 and closed in 1988. It reopened briefly but has been closed since 2003. For more, see this website.

The El Sol Theatre was built in 1934 and is just across the street from the Gila Theatre. The El Sol opened and closed throughout the 1950s and eventually became a warehouse for a sporting goods store. The exterior was restored in the early 1990s. In 1998, the interior was restored as well. There were plans to reopen the theatre as a performing arts center in 2004 but, as of 2012, the building is still only used for retail space. For more, see this website.

El Morro Theatre
Gallup, NM
The El Morro Theatre was designed by the Bollers Brothers. It opened in 1928. The theatre is now owned by the city of Gallup and features movies and live performances. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

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