It has been used as a symbol for peace, life and harmony.
The swastika is an important symbol to the Native Americans of the southwest, it is found in their pottery, weaving, and can even be found on rock art dating back thousands of years.
It was slated for destruction in 1977 when citizens of Alburquerque voted to purchase this great movie palace. Many visitors to the Ki Mo Theater are shocked and even offended by the prominent use of the swastika symbol throughout the theater's motif. Today, unfortunately, the swastika has come to symbolize a terrible time in human history.
The city of Albuquerque bought the building and restored it to its original glory. It is beautiful, but so very different from the Los Angeles movie theater on Route 66 at 7th and Broadway in L. It is instantly identifiable with Hitler and Nazi Germany, the holocaust and a world war. In fact the swastika symbol goes back thousands of years and has been used by most of the world's cultures in one form or the other.
I quickly found out that their milkshakes are great. Any place that has a good rhubarb pie is okay in my book.n 1939 Ralph Jones had his new Ford dealership built in the new Streamline Moderne style, his building became one of the most modern facilities in the west at that time.
The Ki Mo houses a beautiful mural "The Seven Cities of Cibola" painted by noted southwestern artist Carl von Hassler.
It was a true palace and showplace in its day but the Ki Mo fell into disrepair following the the mass exodus to the suberbs that so many cities have experienced.
Route 66 through the city is Central Avenue and it is lined with the bright neon lights of any "motel row" of the era.
Today the Route 66 visitor can see the architecture of the time periods that Route 66 represents.