Rio Theater

118 Central Avenue SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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The Rio Theater is listed in editions of Film Daily Yearbook from at least 1941 and beyond 1951. In that period it was operated by Paramont Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O-Donnell.

Not great, but for a ten-cent admission, it was an OK place

Contributed by J House, Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 7:32 pm

The address now is 118 Central Avenue SW. It’s a Sushi King restaurant. There’s no picture of the building on the King’s website, so I don’t know if the theater is being reused.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 14, 2007 at 7:44 pm

Closed in 1952 according to an article posted by some slow person named Ken MC on the El Rey Theater page.

Here is a 1952 article on the sale of the theater:

Film Firm Here Acquires Sandia, El Key Theaters

Albuquerque Exhibitors, Inc., has acquired two movie theaters
here, through purchase of leases, Frank Peloso, general manager
of the firm, announced Thursday. Sandia Theaters has sold leases
of the Sandia Theater, 1816 Central Ave. SW, and El Rey Theater,
624 W. Central, to the film firm. The Yucca Theater, 2609 Fourth
St. NW, and the Chief Theater, 206 W. Central will also be closed,
Peloso said in addition to the Rio Theater, 118 W. Central, announced

“The two small downtown theaters have been closed,” said Peloso, “ in accordance with the firm’s modernization program. We are substituting the two modern theaters just leased for these smaller theaters which are being closed and leased for commercial purposes other than that of exhibiting films."
"In Albuquerque, there is a great demand for Spanish languages
pictures,” Peloso added,“and the Sandia Theater is planned to take care of that demand in a modern, more suitable environment."
He added that the policy of presenting occasional stage shows will be continued at the Sandia.

Former owner of the Sandia and El Rey theaters, Sandia Theaters Inc. still leases the Ernie Pyle and Sunset Drive-In Theaters, under the direction of Marlin Butler, manager. After having been closed this
week for installation of new projection and sound equipment, the Sandia Theater will open today. Peloso said that the policy of showing second-run double features at the El Rey will be continued.
President and substantial owner of Albuquerque Exhibitors is Joe Barnett, one of Albuquerque’s pioneer businessmen. Barnett
and the Bachechi family have operated theaters in Albuquerque
for more than 40 years. Mario Bachechi is secretary of the company
and part owner and other part owners are Carlo Bachechi and the estate of the late Arthur Bachechi.

posted by ken mc on Nov 2, 2006 at 4:31pm

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Keep it up, pal. I’ll find out where you live, and that will be that.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 14, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Do you need my zipcode too or just the address?

seymourcox on August 16, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Oklahoma Hisorical Society Archives presents this 1932 shot of the Rio Theatre. Just OK? It is great the way Spanish Adobe styling flowed gracefully to form Southwestern patterns. I love this one!
Type in word “rio”, then search …
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