MetroABQ Newsletter -- February

MetroABQ Newsletter -- February
by Chris Lucas

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The KiMo Theater Tour Balcony Scene

The KiMo Theater Tour Balcony Scene
by Chris Lucas

I was fortunate one afternoon to be part of a tour guided by KiMo Manager Larry Parker, who was very gregarious & entertaining, & provided a wealth of knowledge about the historic building. Above is the stage & below Larry Parker is talking, the balcony is below that & the historic Bachechi plaque is last.

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The Kimo Theater: The MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater

The Kimo Theater: The MetroABQ's Famous Pueblo Deco Theater
by Chris Lucas

The Kimo Theater is arguably the most colorful & the most architecturally interesting building in the MetroABQ. Found on Route 66 downtown between 4th & 5th Sts, you can't help but be drawn to the protruding ornaments, considerable tilework & intricate wall murals that adorn the Central Ave façade. Those three elements are integral to classic Pueblo Deco architecture, which is a mix of Pueblo Revival & Art Deco styles--a uniquely Southwestern creation.

Or, as the Kimo describes it, the KiMo opened in 1927 as a "Pueblo-Deco picture palace & vaudeville theatre. Pueblo-Deco was a flamboyant, short-lived architectural style that fused the spirit of southwest Native American cultures with art moderne elements, popular during the 1920's-1930's."The interior included plaster ceiling beams to mimic actual wood vigas, colorful Indian symbols, air vents disguised as hanging Navajo Rugs, war-drums, Native American death canoe chandeliers, wrought iron Sandhill Crane railings, shields & buffalo skulls with red glowing eyes."

I was fortunate one afternoon to be part of a guided tour through the Kimo. Some images of the exterior & inside entrance are below.


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