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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – You might confuse Central Avenue for the streets of Hollywood Wednesday.
The Kimo Theater is preparing for a big time event that will have central blocked off and celebrities flocking to the world premiere of the new movie “50 to 1.”
The movie was shot in New Mexico.
It takes place in New Mexico as well. And, its world premiere will be a true red carpet event.
The Kimo is no stranger to movie premieres, but it’s been a long time since the 1920s movie house has hosted a red carpet event like the one.
“50 to 1” is a movie telling the story of how the long-shot New Mexico horse won the Kentucky Derby in 2009.
For the Kimo having the premiere here is a big deal.
“As we know, a lot of movies do shoot here in New Mexico, but the premieres are not here. They’re in L.A. or they’re in New York,” Tierna Unruh-Enos of CABQ Cultural Services said.
Wednesday evening, the Kimo’s 600 seats will be filled with members of the cast and crew and a list of invite-only guests.
Among those attending are the stars of the movie, Keet Ulrich, Christian Kane and William Devane.
Preparing for their red carpet arrival takes a lot of prep work.
“We’re expecting a full house. So it means there’s a lot of work to be done,” Unruh-Enos said.
The City says the city-owned Kimo is the perfect place for an event like this, complete with a real silver screen.
The Kimo’s is also preparing for a lot of media attention.
“We already have gotten a lot of national press. I just read an article in the Washington Post that profiled the movie and the story and this theater as well,” Unruh-Enos said.
Another celebrity will be spotted around here Wednesday – Mine That Bird, the actual horse that inspired the movie will be here too.
City officials want to remind people this is an invite-only event.
Others who want to see the movie will have to wait until its release Friday.
The movie premiere means a portion of Central from Fourth to Fifth Street will be closed Wednesday.
The closure is scheduled to be in effect from 5 p.m. to around midnight.