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Re-Meet the KiMo Gives the Public a Chance to Tour the Historic Landmark

Recent renovations come to a completion with open house event.

March 29, 2022 - The City of Albuquerque's Department of Arts & Culture is ready for the public to Re-Meet the KiMo Theatre during a free public event on Friday, April 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. The historic downtown landmark will open its doors so visitors can experience all the renovations that have taken place over the last two years. 

Activities include self guided tours; culinary treats for purchase from Kamikaze Food Truck, Tania’s Tasty Kitchen, Blue Door Patisserie, Simply Sinful Donuts, and Alma's Salsa; cocktails from Hollow Spirits Distillery; and entertainment by Felix y Los Gatos. New artwork by Jessie Littlebird in the East Lobby and Harry Nadler in the 5th St. Salon has also been installed for visitors to enjoy.

Like many local entertainment venues, the nearly 100-year-old KiMo Theatre closed during the pandemic. The closure allowed staff members from the Department of Arts & Culture who oversee the theater and local contractors to complete a number of substantial renovations and updates.

Improvements include seven new roofs; updated technology in theater such as a state-of-the-art laser cinema projector; a new stage floor; renovated orchestra pit; refurbished art on stage columns; renovated dressing rooms with new flooring, paint, countertops, and sinks; and LED lighting installed throughout the building. A new private event space and backstage VIP space for performers were also created. In addition, security shutters were installed; new awnings over the windows were installed; and the box office was moved.

The KiMo Theatre was built in 1927 and is a registered historic landmark. Updating historic buildings takes trained craftsmen to execute the work with precision and care. Improvements to historic buildings present a number of challenges, from utilizing the newest technologies without comprising the historic look.