|Albuquerque, NM: KiMo Theatre|
Country: United States of America
State: New Mexico
Built 1927 as a cinema for Oreste and Maria Bachechi in "Pueblo Deco" style (a fusion of Southwest Indian artwork and Art Deco design) by Carl Boller. Opened 19 September 1927 with the movie "Painting the Town Red". The name "KiMo" means "mountain lion" or, more freely interpreted, "king of its kind". It was given to the theatre by Pablo Abeita, governor of the Isleta Pueblo (who won $50 for the name in a naming contest). The interior was designed to look like the inside of a ceremonial kiva partly open to the deep blue painted sky, with log-like ceiling beams painted with dance and hunt scenes. Over the stage were a row of buffalo skulls with glowing eyes. 1961 stage and proscenium destroyed by a fire. Plans to demolish the building in the 1970s. Since 1977 rescued and restored by the "Friends of the KiMo" and the city of Albuquerque. Winner of the National Trust's "National Preservation Award 2001". Originally 720, today 690 seats.
Front Text: sign: "KIMO"|
Reverse Text: "Kimo, America's Foremost Indian Theatre, Albuquerque, New Mexico - The Kimo Theatre Building expresses architecurally, in its composite design, the traditions of New Mexico and the old Southwest. One of the few typically American Indian architectural expressions, with a suggestion of the Spanish in its contours, this unusual edifice, both inside and out, provides an atmosphere of historical romance unequalled elsewhere in America."
Publisher: Southwest Post Card Co., Albuquerque; Genuine Curteich-Chicago C. T. Art-Colortone Post Card; No. A-3
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