Free Movies January 22-25: The Thin Man Series

January 18, 2015 by  
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ABC Library, in partnership with the KiMo Theatre, presents six film adaptations of the The Thin Man book by author Dashiell Hammett.  Tickets are not required for these free movies.  Screen legends William Powell and Myrna Loy play the characters of Nick and Nora Charles in this comedy-mystery series that was very popular in the late 1930’s and 1940’s.  I enjoy watching the fun chemistry between these two mega stars as they solve mysteries.  The Thin Man is a fitting subject for this time of year when everyone is going on a diet. After pigging out over the holidays I’m certainly cutting back on the cookies in my aim to become The Thinner Woman!

The Thin Man on Thursday January 22, 2015  from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

After the Thin Man on Friday January 23, 2015 from 8 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Another Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Shadow of the Thin Man on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The Thin Man Goes Home on Sunday January 25, 2015 from 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre

Song of the Thin Man on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5 pm at the KiMo Theatre

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper.

–Tania


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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Holiday Concert

December 4, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Concert Band plays holiday musicThe Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and they’re staying true to form with a free concert of holiday music.

The  Albuquerque Concert Band free holiday concert is this Sunday December 7, at 3 pm, at the KiMo Theatre. I love holiday music and I had a wonderful time at this free concert the last couple of  times I went with friends.

It’s all very rousing and jovial, with plenty of family favorites to tap your toes to. The Albuquerque Concert Band and conductor even wears different festive headgear to accompany each song. The whole event is terrific entertainment for young and old.

Short of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer crash-landing on my head, I’ll be there first in line!
Doors open at 2:30 pm and it’s wise to arrive promptly as it’s a pretty full house in my experience.

Here are some free audio samples from Albuquerque Concert Band recordings to get you in the mood.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Tippi Hedren at the KiMo: Appearance and Free Marnie Movie

April 9, 2013 by  
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Tippi Hedren appears in person as the guest with host TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz, at a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie at the KiMo Theatre. Tickets are free, but you need to get yours in advance!

Turner Classic Movies is running a Road to Hollywood Classic Film Festival in multiple cities around the country. They’re bringing that festival to Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre on April 18 at 7:30 pm, with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 thriller Marnie, starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.  (They’re both deliciously cool and gorgeous, aren’t they?) The movie will be shown in Hi-Def with Dolby sound.

Better yet, Tippi Hedren will be a special guest during the evening, making an appearance with host Ben Mankiewicz of TCM. The info about the event is at the KiMo website, but to join the Hollywood fun, you need to register in advance here for your free tickets.

The only way to get tickets is from the Turner Classic Film Festival link above. Sadly, Sean Connery will not share the stage. This is just as well, as any appearance by Mr Sexy Voice is likely to make me come over all peculiar.

Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock when she was a model, and he cast her in all her icy blondeness in The Birds and then in Marnie. Little known fact (here at Cheap Central, anyway): Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. Journalist and news anchor Ben Mankiewicz is the weekend daytime host of Turner Classic Movies.

The Tippi Hedren appearance and free screening of Marnie takes place:

  • When: Thursday April 18, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Tickets are free, but register for a pass at the link above.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Film Festival: Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

March 19, 2013 by  
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See free movies from The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema at the KiMo Theatre in a new series in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico.

The Cine de la Época de Oro festival spotlights vintage Mexican movies – in Spanish with English subtitles – on three consecutive Thursdays starting on March 28, 2013. All films start at 7 pm at the KiMo Theatre.

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema movie line-up is:

March 28:   Enamorada (Enamoured) starring María Félix, and Pedro Armendáriz, in a Mexican Revolution drama directed by Emilio ‘el Indio’ Fernández.

April 4:    Dos Tipos de Cuidado, or Two Dangerous Guys – I know some of those. The romantic comedy stars Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete as two buddies who decide to give up womanizing when they fall in love with two ladies, but there are twists in the tale about the ladies they fall for, and so the fun begins.

April 11:   Teatro de Crimen (Theater of Crime) apparently offers a comedic twist on the Phantom of the Opera story, starring María Antonieta Pons and César del Campo, directed by Fernando Cortés.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time – take cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Harry Potter Film Festival On The Cheap & A Freebie

December 21, 2012 by  
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This Harry Potter holiday film festival is a wizard deal if you’re trying to keep your little darlings entertained in the days after Christmas. And you don’t have to break into the Gringotts Wizarding Bank to pay for it.

The KiMo Theatre’s Harry Potter Film Festival runs from December 26 to 29, 2012, and admission for muggles is $2 each, regardless of age. If you or your budding Harry, Ron, or Hermione, or even your Hagrid, go dressed in a costume based on any character in the Harry Potter series, you also get a free popcorn from the concessions. Refills are conjured up at the magically cheap price of 25 cents.

The family film festival times start on December 26 (or Boxing Day as we call it in my native country, England) and are shown in the same order as they were originally released in movie theaters, the same order as the books. So you can basically live in there for four days and see the whole series start to finish, or pick your favorites or any you missed to watch as a one-off.

This is the Harry Potter Family Film Festival line-up at time of writing:

  • December 26 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • December 26 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • December 27 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • December 27 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • December 28 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • December 28 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • December 29 at 2 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • December 29 at 5 pm:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The Harry Potter films are rated PG are doors open 30 minutes before show time.

If you aren’t dressed in costume to get the free popcorn, take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie at the KiMo: December 19

December 16, 2012 by  
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The movie No Country for Old Men is the last in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

No Country for Old Men is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday December 19 at 7 pm.  The 2007 Coen brothers movie is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and stars the always fabulous Tommy Lee Jones, along with Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Woody Harrelson.

The movie notched up four Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Directing, and coolio Javier Bardem walked off with the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

No Country for Old Men is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. Arrive early to nab a seat for the 7 pm start on December 19, 2012, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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New Mexico 100 Years of Statehood Talk: December 12

December 10, 2012 by  
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I guess this is the last of this year’s free talks in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo Theatre, seeing as the Centennial is just about over.  But hey, it’s a very pertinent subject to wrap up the year!

Tom Chávez presents New Mexico: 100 Years of Statehood at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday December 12, 2012, at 7 pm, and admission is free.

Historian Chávez looks at the past and the present, the old and new, the traditional and the less traditional aspects of our 100 years of statehood in New Mexico. That includes the multicultural influences that have shaped and defined our unique and absolutely wonderful state.

Dr. Chávez has a Ph.D. in history from UNM, and is the author of eight books of history with three more on the way. (Does the man ever sleep?) He was formerly the director of the Palace of the Governors State History Museum and the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The presentation is followed by a meet and greet with the speaker and free gourmet coffee and herbal teas.

This is the closing talk in the New Mexico Centennial Living History Series and doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

The presentation on New Mexico’s 100 Years of Statehood takes place:

  • When:  Wednesday December 12, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie 3:10 to Yuma: November 28

November 25, 2012 by  
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The movie 3:10 to Yuma is the next in a series of free screenings at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

3:10 to Yuma is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday November 28 at 7 pm.  The 1997 action film was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and follows the drama between outlaw Ben Wade, played by Russell Crowe, and rancher Dan Evans, played by Christian Bale.

The movie won a Western Heritage Awards Bronze Wrangler for an outstanding theatrical motion picture, and a whole slew of the cast, including the two leads, plus Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, and Ben Foster, received nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

3:10 to Yuma is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Santa Fe, Diablo Canyon, Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, and Galisteo. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on  November 28, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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The Labs and High Tech in New Mexico Talk: November 14

November 13, 2012 by  
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I’ve just found out about this week’s free event in the New Mexico Centennial Speaker & Living History Series at the KiMo Theatre, and it sounds like a good one. 

Carlos Vásquez presents The Labs and High Tech in New Mexico at the KiMo Theatre on Wednesday November 14, 2012, at 7 pm, and admission is free.

Vásquez is Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. He’ll be talking about the historic impact of the Sandia National Labs and the Los Alamos National Laboratory when they arrived in their respective communities. His research explores how the traditional agricultural economy and culture of Los Alamos was influenced by the arrival of the Manhattan Project.

The presentation is followed by a meet and greet with the speaker and free gourmet coffee and herbal teas.

This is part of the New Mexico Centennial Living History Series and doors open at the KiMo at 6:30 pm.

The Labs and High Tech in New Mexico takes place:

  • When:  Wednesday November 14, 2012
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Free Movie The Hi-Lo Country: October 17

October 15, 2012 by  
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The Hi-Lo Country is the next in a series of free movies at the KiMo Theatre, as part of the New Mexico Centennial Film Series.

The KiMo Theatre’s monthly film series puts the spotlight on movies featuring New Mexico, as we would expect in New Mexico centennial year. We are such a star-struck, star-spangled state, in every sense of the words.

The Hi-Lo Country is the free movie at the KiMo on Wednesday October 17 at 7 pm.  I’ve not seen this film, but I’ve just looked it up on IMDb, or the Internet Movie Database, which is the go-to source for things you always wanted to know about movies but didn’t.

The Hi-Lo Country sounds like a bit of a Western buddy movie / bromance, featuring two tough guys played by Billy Crudup and Woody Harrelson, and Crudup won an NBR Award for a breakthrough performance by a male. I bet he did. Other performers include Patricia Arquette, Cole Hauser, Enrique Castillo, Jacob Vargas, Sam Elliot, and Penelope Cruz. 

The 1998 movie was based on the novel by New Mexico writer Max Evans, and Walon Green’s screenplay won a Spur Award for Best Drama Script from the Western Writers of America. Martin Scorsese co-produced and Stephen Frears was at the helm as director – he’s better known for movies including The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons, and High Fidelity.

Hello? Now I know all this I’m wondering why on earth I haven’t seen this movie. Have you? It sounds like a goodie.

The movie is rated R and was filmed in New Mexico locations including Cerrillos, Galisteo, Las Vegas, Bernal, Espanola and Santa Fe. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 pm start on October 17, and admission is free.  Take real cash for the Kimo Theatre concessions.

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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