KiMo — “King of its Kind”
Albuquerque’s KiMo Theater was built in the mid 1920’s by architect Carl Boller and based on concepts of Oreste Bachechi, a businessman who wanted to make his mark on a growing railroad community of the southwest high desert. The architecture was inspired by local Native American Pueblos and the contemporary art deco movement.
Once built, the KiMo theater became the destination for all manner of silent films and vaudevillian road shows as well as a stop by fan dance queen Sally Rand.
In 1951, a boiler exploded, killing a boy named Bobby Darnall (It is believed that his ghost haunts the theater today). Later, in 1963, the building caught fire destroying the stage and original curtain. The KiMo remained in disrepair until 1977 when it was purchased by the City of Albuquerque.
Over many years and numerous phases of restoration, the City of Albuquerque has restored this beautiful space to its original glory. Like a step back to the 1920s, the KiMo is again home to local and national touring entertainment acts — ballet and other dance presentations, a variety of music, movie nights and regular legitimate theatre productions.
Performers are treated to an abundance of dressing rooms, a full lighting grid, two spotlights, and plenty of other ammenities as they prepare for the performance of a lifetime.