Lobo Theater

3013 Central Avenue NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Lobo Theatre - Albuquerque, NM

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The Lobo Theater opened on August 19, 1938. By the early-1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell. It reached out to area students and was a premiere venue for independent, classic and cult films. It also hosted concerts with local bands.

The Lobo Theater was closed on August 4, 2000 and for lease, which was taken up by a church.

Contributed by Martin McCaffery, Roxanne Bly

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nmfilmmaker on March 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm


My name is Ryan Makkonen and I am the head of the New Mexico Film Club based out of UNM. I spoke with a local filmmaker named Billy and he told me that the Lobo Theatre available to be rented on certain nights. The reason we are contacting you is we were wondering if it would be possible to rent the Lobo Theatre on Sunday nights around midnight so that the club can take submissions so that we can show films from all over New Mexico so that all filmmakers in NM can have their films seen. Could you please contact us at Thank you so much for your free time and have a wonderful day! God Bless!


Ryan Makkonen
Film Club Founder
Abq. Film Club Coordinator
Makk One Productions Founder


Justrd on July 6, 2007 at 10:03 pm

The Lobo was the last of the great Albuquerque theaters. Catering to UNM students and die-hard “Rocky Horror” fans, it was the last theater in the city that still featured an accessible balcony (The Highland Theater, in operation at the same time, still had a balcony, but it was in poor repair and patrons were not allowed to access it). The last film I saw there was Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. That was several years before it closed. They used to have a great Oscar telecast there. Sadly, this great lady has become a church.

STELLARB on September 15, 2007 at 5:29 pm

I know the people operating it when i was last there in ‘96 worked very hard to keep it running. I always thought it was the pride of Nob Hill. It’s a shame if the area can’t support it any more.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 26, 2008 at 7:50 am

A 1974 view of the Lobo Theater in Albuquerque.

rbrtptrck on October 2, 2008 at 11:42 am

I find it appropriate that the Lobo should become a church, for it is where I attended a dozen showings of “Gigi,” which I certainly worship.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

The Lobo getting ready for the Oscars in 1995:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

Nice pictures guys thanks.

NS7X on March 11, 2012 at 3:20 am

Ms. Blanche Hatton, as the family story goes, was the manager of the Lobo. For about four decades. (She was in the theater business when Roentgen discovered x-rays (that’s a joke), and didn’t retire until she was well into her nineties.)

Anyway, back to the story. Miss Hatton was closing the Lobo late one night(she was alone in the theater) when, with the “petty cash box” in hand, she was met with an armed intruder in the Lobo lobby.

“Give me the cash!” the robber demanded.

“You want the cash?” Miss Hatton asked. “Here,” she said, “take it!”

Miss Hatton hurled the cash box at the intruder. The weight of the contents of the box was sufficient to knock the pathetic, hapless robber unconscious. When the cops arrived, the bad guy was arrested, and Miss Hatton deposited the receipts early the next morning. By the way, she was close to eighty years old when she took out the punk who was 60 years her junior.

Here’s to Miss Blanche Hatton!

rivest266 on August 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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