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Investigation Report

Location: Kimo Theater, Albuquerque , NM
Date: February 2007, October 2008
Weather Conditions: Varied
Humidity: 18%, 27%, 20%
Geomagnetic Storm Activity: Unsettled
Temperature: 52, 60
Number of Photos taken: 1310
Number with possible targets: 0
Average EM Readings: 5 nt
Average M fields Readings: 2 mt
Average E Field Readings: 3 vpm
Cold Spots detected: None
Olfactory Phenomena: None
Visual Phenomena: None
Type of Investigation: Phase 2

All information and photos(unless noted) Copyright 2008 to present by Cody Polston, Bob Carter and SGHA. All Rights Reserved.

Location Description and History

The KiMo Theatre, a Pueblo Deco picture palace, opened on September 19, 1927. Pueblo Deco was a flamboyant, short-lived architectural style that fused the spirit of the Native American cultures of the Southwest with the exuberance of Art Deco. Pueblo Deco appeared at a time when movie-mad communities were constructing film palaces based on exotic models such as Moorish mosques and Chinese pavilions.
Native American motifs appeared in only a handful of theaters; of those few, the KiMo is the undisputed king.
The genius behind the KiMo was Oreste Bachechi, a motivated entrepreneur from humble origins. Oreste Bachechi came to the United States in 1885 and set up a business in a tent near the railroad tracks in Albuquerque.

Bachechi's fortunes expanded with the city's growth; he became a liquor dealer and proprietor of a grocery store while his wife Maria ran a dry goods store in the Elms Hotel. By 1919, the Bachechi Amusement Association operated the Pastime Theatre with Joe Barnett. In 1925, Oreste Bachechi decided to achieve "an ambition, a dream that has been long in realization," by building his own theater, one that would stand out among the Greek temples and Chinese pavilions of contemporary movie mania.
The KiMo fell into disrepair following the exodus from downtown that so many American cities experienced in the 60's and 70's. Slated for destruction, the KiMo was saved in 1977 when the citizens of Albuquerque voted to purchase this unrivaled palace to movies and one man's dream. 

Source: http://www.cabq.gov/

Reported Phenomena

A 6 year old boy, Bobby, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed in the 1951 boiler explosion that destroyed part of the theater lobby. In the basement, right underneath the concession stand there was an eight gallon electrical water heater.

The boy was sitting in the balcony with some friends when something on the screen scared him, causing him to run down the lobby staircase, arriving right into the lobby just when things were exploding. The apparition of the little boy has been seen playing on the lobby staircase, wearing a striped shirt and blue jeans.

This ghost has a shrine behind the stage where gifts (such as small toys or candy) are left. If his shrine is messed with, the ghost plays pranks on the actors and tech crews.

An apparition of a lady in a bonnet can be seen walking down the halls of the theater, going about her business. Not much is known about her.

The Investigation

February 07- During our initial investigation of the theater we noticed power EM fields averaging 70Hz on and around the stage areas. We recorded this data for reference on a future investigation of the building. The majority of the time spent on this visit was spent interviewing witness and obtaining contact information for others.

October 08- While part of the team was out filming with Urock Albuquerque, we re-evaluated the EM frequencies discovered during our previous investigation. The EM fields were re-measured with an emphasis on their frequencies. During this session, we discovered that the EM fields were interacting with each other and creating low frequency sub harmonics. Prior research into these types of EM fields has generated data that suggests they may induce symptoms that resemble paranormal encounters in some people.

Photographs

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Carl with Urock Albuquerque

Bobby's Shrine

Information about the shrine

Cody and Carl

Bobby's Shrine

A video view of Bobby's shrine along with the some of the natural electromagnetic frequencies generated by the theater's wiring.

All of the electromagnetic fields and radiation originate from explainable sources. The sub harmonics created by the interaction of theses fields have been known to cause a "sensed presence" in some test subjects during clinical trials involving the effects of low frequency EM radiation on human perception.

The highest concentration of these frequencies were located on stage left and the right stairwell.

 

Conclusions

We do not believe that the Kimo theater is haunted based on the following data collected from these investigations.

Historical research discovered several discrepancies in the witness reports. The Christmas production of A Christmas Carol on Dec. 25, 1974 is when Bobby is first linked to the odd occurrences going on in the theater. However, there was no production of that play on that date. At that time, the Kimo was an adult theater.

Bobby did not die at the Kimo, but in route to the hospital.

Actor and tech crew stories vary greatly. This location has allot of myth building occurring.

A possible explanation?

During our first visit we noticed effects that were caused by the mirror in the east corridor. This was the location of many of the sightings of the female apparition.

Light streaming in from the front window, when the door is opened, and from the stage is capable of reflecting off this mirror in a fashion that can resemble a human form.

Since this is the only known location where the female apparition was actually seen, we believe that the mirror is the cause of the phenomena people are witnessing. This is particularly apparent when the door is open and the mirror reflects the light from passing cars.

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