ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The iconic neon sign hanging in front of the KiMo Theatre signifies to all travelers that they have arrived in Downtown Albuquerque.
The theater itself stands as a symbol of a bygone era when America’s love affair with talking pictures was ignited. Like any new romance, the relationship was deep, passionate and completely devoted. Italian immigrant Oreste Bachechi understood this and set out to build a monument to that love.
The architecturally stunning Pueblo Deco-style theater opened on Sept. 19, 1927. Bachechi put great effort into every aspect of his building, including its name. He held a naming contest and asked the public to mail in suggestions of six letters or fewer.