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Roll out of bed and head to the Lobo Theater for brunch and a flick

A view of the theater seating area at the Historic Lobo Theater in Nob Hill. (Courtesy of the Historic Lobo Theater)

Roll out of bed and into the Historic Lobo Theater for its brunch and a movie events every Sunday.

The theater has partnered with Albuquerque Film & Music Experience to host its Pajama Brunch & A Movie events. Attendees in sleepwear will receive 10% off the brunch and movie cost. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the movie begins at 11:30 a.m. at the renovated theater located at 3013 Central Ave. NE in Nob Hill.

“You can go inside the theater and eat and drink at our awesome Sunday brunch buffet, which is fresh pancakes, omelettes to order, anything from posole to bacon, eggs and carne adovada,” said J. Richard Rivas, Historic Lobo Theater owner. “I mean (it is) just a plethora of good stuff. And of course you have champagne, you know, different types of mimosas. We make our Bloody Mary mix fresh here for bloody beers or whatever you might want. The movies are included in your brunch.”

Upcoming movies include “A League of Their Own” on Sunday, April 16; “Austin Powers” on April 23; “Jumanji” on April 30; and “School of Rock!” on May 7. Pajama Brunch & A Movie events are $21 or $10 without brunch. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased at

“On brunches, it’s just a few items,” Rivas said. “Our brunch menu is pretty much consistent. We might have some specials every once in a while. We have yogurt all the time, fruit for all of that, and granola. You can have your pancakes with chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, however you want.”

Things go from day to night one Tuesday of each month with dinner and a movie. The next event will be held on May 16 with the showing of the movie “Raising Arizona” at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. General admission covers entrance to the movie for $10 or $5 for students. Guests can purchase dishes off the dinner menu, which will change up its offerings for events. Some dinner offerings have included filet mignon, salmon or enchiladas, which all vary in price.

“It’s not big, but it’s efficient,” Rivas said of the theater’s kitchen. “… We’re very fortunate to have an amazing kitchen staff to push out this great food.”

Guests can arrive before the movie to eat or enjoy their dinner during the movie.

“In the theater, where they show the movie, we have cocktail tables down there,” Rivas said. “And then also people sit in the (theater) chairs themselves. We can seat up to about 400 people in there.”

Patrons looking to save money on a drink and a bite can take advantage of the theater’s new happy hour. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the happy hour that runs until 6 p.m. Guests will receive discounts on food and drinks for happy hour. A recent pairing was chicken chipotle posole served with a Dos Equis Mexican Lager for $10.

“We’re always going to have a discount on all of our beers and most of our well drinks,” Rivas said. “But our well, we have Tito’s (vodka), we have Old Forester (bourbon) … It’s really good well. Ours is more of a higher level well, Bacardi (rum), Jack Daniel’s (whiskey), Beefeater (gin). So we’ll run specials on all of those things and always have a drink special. It can be a margarita. You never know.”

When the theater is not showing movies it features live music or has been rented out for special occasions.

American rapper Chingy takes the stage at 8 p.m. on April 22. In May, Grateful Dead tribute band, The Deal, performs on May 5; then by Pink Floyd tribute band, Pink Freud, on May 20; and Steely Dead, a musical hybrid of the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan, on May 26.

“We have the event center where all the magic happens with weddings, premieres and music,” Rivas said. “It’s an event center so we can do pretty much anything. We’re booked solid through the end of the year.”

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