Hiland Theater

4804 Central Avenue SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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Hiland Theatre exterior

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The Hiland Theater was opened on April 20, 1950. Seating inside the auditorium was provided for 1,188 on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear. There was a car park at the rear of the building which held 350 cars.

It closed as a movie theatre in the summer of 1995, and has now become a venue for live theater.

Contributed by Ross Melnick, Ken Roe

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Tasha
Tasha on September 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Anyone out there have any current info on what the current owners (the City?) of the Hiland are planning on doing with the inside of the theater? I have heard news of painting a mural on the outside.

richardzx
richardzx on November 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I took this today:

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—rZx

mlitsonata
mlitsonata on February 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm

As of Jan 19, 2009 – the State Board of Finance as voted to lease the Hiland Theater to the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. NDI will be responsible for the renovation of the theater at an estimated cost of $9 million. The theater has been closed since 2004 when Musical Theater Southwest moved to their current home.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

The Hiland stands apparently empty in 1995:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

The April 15, 1950, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that the J.T. Boutwell Company had installed 1,172 Kroelher seats in the Hiland Theatre, Albuquerque.

The November 27, 1967, issue of Boxoffice ran an article about Blanche Hatton, who had been managing theaters in Albuquerque since her arrival there in 1924. She became the first manager of the newly-opened Hiland in 1950, and held that post until 1963.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

What a horrible movie to be playing at such a classy looking theatre.1983 photos.

comicone999
comicone999 on November 22, 2010 at 12:55 am

My grandfather was J.T. Boutwell, let me know how those seats are doing.

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