On September 19, 1927, KiMo Theatre opened by hosting an overflow crowd for an evening of performances by local Native Americans. The show proved an apt premiere for the Pueblo Deco-style space, which was designed with a unique blending of Art Deco flourishes and Native American motifs. The theme carried through to the smallest details—the ceiling beams were textured to look like logs, and even the air vents mimicked Navajo rugs. Amid these intricate trappings, the theater showcased movies, vaudeville shows, and performances by luminaries such as Gloria Swanson and Ginger Rogers.
The KiMo Theatre retains its luster today, thanks to a meticulous restoration and standing on the National Register of Historic Places. The original decor has been updated with a few new touches, such as the chandeliers shaped like Native American funerary canoes that hang above the auditorium. The onstage entertainment still encompasses an engaging mix of new and classic films, dance and theatrical performances, live concerts, and visual art shows featuring tap-dancing paintings.
Within an hour, Battlefield New Mexico's personnel can transform any space—from a tiny backyard to 500-acre expanse—into an outdoor laser tag venue. Before the first bout, team commanders show players how to use their taggers and run through the rules of various gaming scenarios. During the fast-paced battles that follow, participants convene at team bases and duck for cover behind inflatable crates. Along with laser tag, Battlefield New Mexico staffers run rounds of water tag during the summer and enliven parties with a 20-foot wide inflatable movie screen and projector for film viewings or big-screen video game playing.
Winning coffee is possibly the only coffee house in the United States that is owned and operated by an experimental theater company. We are a group of artists that make and serve wonderful coffee, chai, pastries and home style food. We've been here for 12 years supporting the arts and slinging lattes. Its really good.
For the fourth year in a row, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has gathered filmmakers and performers to celebrate the independent film movement. The organizers continue to hold the event in an effort to boost economic development while also providing opportunities for educational, cultural, and artistic growth for the community. In doing so, they host panels with authors and decorated directors and question-and-answer sessions after screenings. Sponsors such as Cowgirl BBQ, KUNM 89.9 FM, and Garrett's Desert Inn serve swag and grub respectively, and every night of the festival sees its visitors feting films at bars around Santa Fe. The screenings, many of which are New Mexico premieres, take place at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, and the Center for Contemporary Arts.