The KiMo Theatre is a theatre and historic landmark located in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Fifth Street. It was built in 1927 in the extravagant Pueblo Deco architecture, which is a blend of adobe-style Pueblo Revival architecture building styles (rounded corners and edges), decorative motifs from indigenous cultures, and the soaring lines and linear repetition found in American Art Deco architecture.
The KiMo was conceived by Italian-American entrepreneur Oreste Bachechi (c. 1860–1928) and his wife, Maria Franceschi Bachechi (c. 1865–1959). It was Mrs. Bachechi's desire to give a tribute to the Native Americans who had embraced the Bachechi family as part of their own. After much travel and meetings with various architects in both NM and California, the design was accepted from Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architecture firm, who conducted an extensive investigation into the cultures and building styles of the Southwest before submitting his design. The theater is a three-story stucco building with the stepped massing characteristic of native pueblo architecture, as well as the recessed spandrels and strong vertical thrust of Art Deco skyscrapers. Both the exterior and interior of the building incorporate a variety of indigenous motifs, like the row of terra cotta shields above the third-floor windows.
Roy Pitrucha Hall | May 4, 2018
Beautiful Theater. Amazing sound. There really isn't a bad seat in the house. The theater alone, is a reason to go. Even better if there is a performance. Go early to take it all in.
Carl J Carlin | May 6, 2018
The Kimo Theater has a stage surrounded by an arch lined with glowing red cow skulls. A very nice touch for almost any musical performance! Located in downtown Albuquerque, the parking is plentiful and there are lots of restaurants in the area for after the performance.
Elijah cavinder | Mar 4, 2018
We love taking our daughter here for shows. Parking is convenient and near by. The theatre is definitely showing its age, and we've seen some issues with things like random spot lights being turned on the audience in the middle of a production. But over all its entertaining.
Janisa Casillas | Mar 14, 2018
I visit Kimo about 5 times a year. For the area and price the ambiance is quite eloquent. Whether it be a movie, play, comedy show or performance, I pull out my faux coat and red heels. Plan an extra 15 minutes for parking. Staff are always helpful!
Kelly Fernandez | Feb 28, 2018
Every inch of Kimo Theatre is a marvel. There are no bad seats here. And the staff is repeatedly helpful, gracious and knowledgeable. Bravo to this monument to Route 66 and stage performance.
James Reed | May 28, 2018
Try to take a free tour (check their website for times). It was fun and enlightening. Worth the time.
Laura Dellapenna | May 22, 2018
Not a bad seat at the Kimo Theater in downtown ABQ. Excellent sound and comfortable seats. I found a pay lot around the corner for $3.00 for the night. It's a beautiful, historic theater and worth seeing!
zguy zguy | Jun 23, 2018
My first time here. Seating was confusing. No signs and no one to help out. Couldn't enjoy the show because it was so hot inside and uncomfortable. Everyone was fanning themselves. They even had to bring a fan onstage for the performer. Never again. Such a ghetto venue.
Joseph Pollock | Aug 5, 2018
The gentleman that gave us the tour was very knowledgeable about the theatre and was funny too! Would recommend tour to anybody!
Greg Walker | Jul 17, 2018
One of our most beautiful and unique theaters! I wish they had more concerts here. Always a treat to go here.
Leah Jeffcoat | Jul 31, 2018
Live theatre at a reasonable cost all year long. Hot popcorn in the lobby!
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