Kiva Theater

109 Bridge Street,
Las Vegas, NM 87701

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Architects: Frank Maloof

Previous Names: Mutual Theater, Campus Theater

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Kiva Theater, Las Vegas NM 1995

Though it opened in 1912 as the Mutual Theater, the Kiva Theater became the second-oldest movie theater operating in New Mexico, being seven years younger than the Fountain Theater in Mesilla. In 1939 it was remodeled to the plans of its owner Frank Maloof. It was closed in summer of 2013.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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 18, 2009 at 12:34 am

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 on July 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

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

kpdennis on October 21, 2009 at 12:12 am

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 on December 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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

rivest266 on August 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

They placed showtimes on google as of this writing.

darrenparlett on August 24, 2013 at 1:25 am

Never trust Facebook for info

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

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.

kpdennis on March 24, 2016 at 5:19 am

The Kiva awaits a rebirth, as it is obviously shuttered today. New picture in the Photo section.

MichaelKilgore on February 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

I watched Iron Man 3 at the Kiva on a busy Saturday evening in early May 2013. From what I heard, the theater closed a few months later.

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