Kiva Theater

109 Bridge Street,
Las Vegas, NM 87701

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Kiva Theater, Las Vegas NM 1995

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Though it opened in 1912 as the Mutual Theater, the Kiva Theater is only the second-oldest movie theater still operating in New Mexico, being seven years younger than the Fountain Theater in Mesilla.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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DonLewis
DonLewis on December 30, 2007 at 10:19 am

An old photograph of the Kiva Theater showing some nice detail work that has been painted over, a lttle bit of neon tubing, KIVA lettering over the marquee and additional detail that has since been removed.

Photo courtesy of Billy Smith.

www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/2149934904

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 7:15 am

Here’s the Kiva in 1995. Comparing the 21st century shots, it’s too bad some of the detail of the marquee and building paint accents have been removed since then.
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I can’t find any current movie listings for this theater. I wonder if it’s been closed?

A photograph of a crowd of moviegoers in front of the Kiva Theatre was featured on the cover of the July 27, 1946, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The Kiva was a Spanish language house at the time.

The Kiva was the subject of a two-page article in the April, 1992, issue of Boxoffice. After having been closed for several years, the house had been bought and refurbished by Malcolm and Amy Neal, who reopened it in March, 1991. The seating capacity has been reduced to 250.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

Article in LA Times today regarding filming in Las Vegas has photo of Kiva showing Transformers 2.

kpdennis
kpdennis on October 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm

A 1995 view of the Kiva – this was linked earlier (message posted 4/25/09), but that shot has been deleted and replaced with this one:
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rivest266
rivest266 on December 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

Did this close?, It’s facebook page said that the last movie was in July.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

They placed showtimes on google as of this writing.

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Never trust Facebook for info

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

There is a photo of the auditorium of the Kiva Theatre on this page of the April 29, 1939, issue of Showmen’s Trade Review The caption says that the recent renovation of the house was designed by the Kiva’s owner, Frank Maloff, but I believe the correct spelling of his name was Maloof.

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