The KiMo Theatre opened in 1927 as a Picture Palace, complete with elaborate Wurlitzer organ. The KiMo was ornately decorated in the "Pueblo Deco" style, which combines the Indian cultures of the Southwest with the flavor of Art Deco. The interior included plaster ceiling beams textured to look like logs and painted with dance and hunt scenes, air vents disguised as Navajo rugs, panoramic murals depicting the Seven Cities of Cibola, door handles shaped like Kachinas, chandeliers shaped like war drums and Native American death canoes, wrought-iron birds descending the stairs and rows of garlanded longhorn steer skulls with eerie, glowing amber eyes.
Stylish in every way, the KiMo almost met the wrecking ball in 1977, but was saved when the citizens of Albuquerque voted to purchase this unrivaled palace. Beautifully restored in 2000, the KiMo is the city's crown jewel of indoor venues for the performing arts, putting on an eclectic program of concerts, opera, dance, theatre, and live bands. As the focal point of the burgeoning arts community, the KiMo is a proud reminder of the past and a symbol of the city's future.