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Opened in 1929 by Frank Bond, Wool Warehouse is a historical venue that caters to a slew of events. Located in the heart of the city, it was a warehouse and trading point for wool. Designed by architect T. Charles Gaastra, the warehouse now operates as a prime event venue. The venue hosts weddings, corporate events, private parties, anniversaries, and graduation programs. Music enthusiasts can attend live music concerts. Those who are interested in theater can come in here to enjoy excellent theatrical performances.
The Sunshine Theatre started out as the city's first movie palace, screening first run movies until 1974. Following closure in the 1980s, the grand old theater was transformed into a live music venue that continues to attract an eclectic audience with a concert lineup featuring a healthy mix of both local and national acts. The theater itself is located inside the historic Sunshine Building - a national historic landmark that was built in 1924 and remains an iconic piece of downtown Albuquerque. With a past Having featured the likes of Social Distortion, Deftones, The Strokes and Snoop Dogg in the past, the Sunshine Theatre remains much beloved by the city's live music fans.
About ten decades old, The Yards is an old structure that was once, a hub for industrial activities. The rustic ambiance of the building with steel ceilings, stained glass windows, and old architecture make for an excellent atmosphere, reminiscent of the old times. Now, The Yards hosts a variety of local events and private functions alike.
Housed in the Frank A. Peloso Performing Arts Center, the Hiland Theatre is one of the larger performance venues in the center.The Ana Chavira Theatre is another intimate venue within the center. The Center was bought and is now run by the The Musical Theatre Southwest . The theaters and performing centers are dedicated to presenting art, keeping up the quality and standards of the tastes of New Mexican audiences.
This non-profit community theater company combines a staff of professionals and local talent who volunteer their time to produce comedies, musicals, dramas and mysteries. The 1000-plus seat building was designed by famed Southwestern architect John Gaw Meen and built in 1936, giving this theater a rich historical feel, but modern acoustics and lighting provide a quality night of entertainment. The theater is easy to find on the historic Route 66 in the Old Town area.