The historic KiMo Theatre has been a landmark in downtown Albuquerque since 1927. The venue is kicking off its 90th anniversary celebration in earnest this weekend with several “signature events.” This Sunday, Sept. 17, for example, there's a screening of the Academy Award-winning 1959 drama Ben-Hur. The film itself starts at 2pm. But Weekly Alibi film editor Devin D. O'Leary is at the theater beforehand, starting at 1pm, delivering a lecture and presentation on the early history of movie theaters in Albuquerque—including the birth of the KiMo itself as well as a brief introduction to the film and its iconic New Mexico author, Lew Wallace. Admission is free! (Devin D. O'Leary)
Sunday Sep 17, 2017
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Two friends are happy to meet after a long time but their different political views separate them.
Ben-Hur (1959) with ABQ Early Movie Palaces
Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. Written by Matthias Scheler
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
Rated (G), 3h 32min
Doors open 12:30pm
Devin O"Leary at 1pm, History of Albuquerque Downtown Theaters
Teresa Cutler (UNM) at 1:30pm, Background on the Film and Its Awards
Start Film 2pm
Intermission about 3:55pm (20 minutes)
Second Half Film starts about 4pm
Film Ends about at 5:55pm.