Reel World: Walk-In Movies

Walk-In Movies

Devin D. O'Leary
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The open-air cinema series Movies on the Plaza picks up this Friday, May 22, at Downtown Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza. From 4 to 8pm, food trucks will gather around the Plaza as part of ABQ Food Fridays. Come early and get some grub. The film will start at sunset. Admission is free. Seating is limited, and guests are encouraged to bring their own portable seats, blankets and lawn chairs. Parking is available underneath Civic Plaza for a small fee. This week’s film is Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid. This is the sing-along version, and everyone is encouraged to raise their voices (particularly during “Under the Sea”). Next Friday (May 29) you can catch The Goonies. Movies on the Plaza screenings will switch to Wednesday throughout June to make room for Shakespeare on the Plaza. (All outdoor shows are, of course, subject to weather.) For a complete listing of future events, go to

Reel World: Cinema Of The Sea Cinema Of The Sea

Jean-Michel (son of Jacques) Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D opens this Friday, May 23, at the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater, located inside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW). Mr. Cousteau’s film takes viewers on a “breathtaking” adventure underneath the waves. The innovative documentary features a boatload of underwater sequences, introducing viewers to over 30 aquatic species. Some of the wildlife behavior is captured for the very first time on film thanks to breakthrough technology in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro and motion control cameras. Secret Ocean 3D will be shown daily at 10am, 2pm and 4pm from now through Sept. 4. Admission for adults is $10, seniors are $8 and children (3-12) are $6. For more info go to

Reel World: Girl Power Girl Power

The historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) is presenting a special screening of Katrina Parks’ documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound this Saturday, May 23. From the late 1900s through the 1960s, some 100,000 pioneering, young women became a part of Southwest history by serving as waitresses and hostesses at the famed Harvey Houses spread out along the Santa Fe Railroad from Chicago to California. KRQE-13 anchor Dean Staley will emcee a post-film Q&A panel featuring filmmaker Katrina Parks, curator of the New Mexico History Museum Meredith Davidson, UNM-Valencia professor of history Richard Melzer and Carolyn Meyer, author of Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl. Doors open at 1:30pm, reception and exhibits in the lobby start at 2pm. The film screening gets underway at 3pm, and the Q&A closes out the evening starting at 4pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited. You must pre-register by going to
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