KiMo Anniversary Celebration & Free Movie

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Movies

The KiMo Theatre celebrates its 85th anniversary on September 19, with an evening including a free movie and talk by New Mexico author John Nichols.

The KiMo Theatre opened as a silent movie picture palace on September 19, 1927, and 85 years later it’s a City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re giving the old girl an anniversary celebration on Wednesday September 19, 2012, and combining it with the free New Mexico Centennial Film Series of movies featuring New Mexico.

And what a miracle of a movie they’ve picked! The Milagro Beanfield War  is a true New Mexico classic, directed by Robert Redford and with a cast including Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, Julia Carmen, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, and Christopher Walken.  The film combines humor with a serious message: A small New Mexico town fights to protect traditional water and land rights. Throw in power, money, politics, corporations and corruption, and we have to ask ourselves: Does anything change?

Author John Nichols, who wrote the novel and the screenplay, will introduce the movie. John is a dear friend and a wonderful and witty speaker. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you go and hear him talk. (By the way, his new novel On Top of Spoon Mountain is also fantastic.)

Admission is free to the KiMo Theatre 85th Anniversary on September 19, and here’s what’s happening:

  • 5:30 pm: Unveiling of historic landmark plaques and music by Los Primos
  • 5:45 pm: Guided architectural tour of the exterior and interior design of the KiMo Theatre
  • 6:45 pm: Author John Nichols introduces the movie The Milagro Beanfield War, talking about the adaptation of the novel to film, the making of the movie, and his experiences working with Robert Redford and the cast and crew.
  • 7 pm: Free movie screening: The Milagro Beanfield War
  • 9 pm:  The celebration wraps up with a reception serving free cake and sparkling cider.

The Milagro Beanfield War is rated R, and it was shot mainly on location in Truchas, New Mexico, but also features locations in Española, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe.  The settings are great and the music too – it won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the film score.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.



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