The KiMo Theatre opened as a Pueblo Deco picture palace on September 19, 1927, when Art Deco and picture palaces were all the rage. A leading example of the style, the KiMo remains the only theatre from this era conceived in honor of, and dedicated to, the native people of New Mexico. Through this talk we celebrate nearly 95 years of joy that the KiMo Theatre has brought to our lives.

Deb Slaney is an independent curator and curator of history emerita from the Albuquerque Museum, a position she held for 18 years. She holds a BA in Southwestern anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Liberal Studies/Museum emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. Her exhibition King of its Kind: The KiMo Theater was presented at the KiMo Gallery, Albuquerque International Sunport, and Albuquerque Museum for the KiMo’s Diamond Jubilee (75th Anniversary) celebration in 2002.