New Mexico Movie Theatres (page 1)

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Sierra Theatre
Alamogordo, NM
The Sierra Theatre opened in 1956. It now houses the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts. These photos are from 2012. Around 2018, the sign's readerboards were replaced with graphic displays. For more, see this website. [map]

Sands Theatre
Alamogordo, NM
The Sands Theatre opened in 1941. It closed in the late 1960s. The building now houses KVBA, a Christian television broadcasting station. For more, see this website. [map]

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. [map]

Lobo Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
Hiland Theatre
Albuquerque, NM
The Lobo Theatre opened in 1938. It closed in 2000 and began housing a church. In 2021, the building was being renovated for the Lobo Lounge and Event Center. For more, see this website. [map]

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. [map]

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 beauty school. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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. It now houses a live music venue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Land of the Sun Theatre
Artesia, NM
Aztec Theatre
Aztec, NM
The Land of the Sun Theatre was built in 1947. It was restored in 2001. The sign is a replica. The original had been scrapped. The theatre has been closed since 2020. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Aztec Theatre was built in 1927 as the Mayan Theatre. It was remodeled and renamed in 1941. This sign is probably from then. Apparently, the theatre closed sometime in the 1980s and the interior has been adapted for other businesses. Although the sign remains, the readerboard marquee which was located at its base is gone. In 2022, the sign was restored. For more, see this website. [map]

Onate Theatre
Belen, NM
The Onate Theatre was built in 1932. It now houses Varela's Restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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