Century 14 appears on the verge of closure, opposition to the stadium in Barelas, ART canopy work begins, a violent week across the city center, and more on the Friday Roundup
Welcome to our weekly collection of briefs, announcements, photos, news from other outlets, and other odds and ends. Let's get right to it:
Century 14 appears to be on the verge of closure, just shy of its 20th anniversary
The theater opened to great fanfare in 2001.
The Century 14, a movie theater once heralded as the vanguard of a Downtown rebirth, appears to be days away from closing for good.

Julia McCartha, a spokeswoman for parent company Cinemark, did not return a message seeking official confirmation, but one theater staffer was more forthcoming earlier this week when Downtown Neighborhoods resident Rowan Wymark went to see a movie.

"The gentleman at the box office said, 'make sure you see something by Sunday because it's closing,'" Wymark said.

Yesterday evening, the Century 14 general manager said he couldn't comment on the matter but referred DAN to the theater's online schedule, which has no showtimes listed after Sunday. The Century 24 (I-25 and Jefferson), by contrast, has showtimes listed well into 2022.  

Fandango, a popular booking site, showed the same results.

The theater's 20-year lease was, in any event, slated to expire next month, according to Rick Rennie, who oversees the Historic District Improvement Company, the entity that owned the theater's building until March of this year. 

"Wouldn't surprise me at all," Rennie said of the apparent closure. "It is clearly a victim of location and the pandemic ... it is also a victim of streaming."

The pandemic has been an especially turbulent time for the movie industry, but the Century 14 in particular seems to have suffered from poor attendance, even while showing recent blockbusters like "No Time to Die," which opened last weekend to sparse crowds despite a well-attended Artwalk. Rennie said the theater likely needed upwards of 65 percent of seats to be filled in order to survive.

The building's current owner, Jerry Mosher, did not return messages seeking comment last night.

When it opened in 2001, the theater was hailed as a "centerpiece" of a broader revitalization effort - a "rebirth," as one Journal article that year put it.

It is 44,000 square feet, Rennie said.
ART canopies are a go
After several months of delays, work on the missing ART station canopies finally began this week. The EDo station is already started, according to this news release, with West Downtown beginning on October 25 and Old Town (artist's rendering above) beginning in early November. The stations will be out of service while they're being worked on but buses will instead use nearby Route 66 stops for pickups and dropoffs.
Organized opposition to stadium emerges in Barelas
A group of residents held a press conference at a house on Second Street Wednesday blasting the proposal, The Paper reports. A protest is also scheduled for November 1 at 5 p.m. - the day before voting concludes - at the corner of Fourth and Barelas Road. KOB also checked in this week with property owners whose land sits on the potential Second and Iron stadium site, and they are none to pleased about the situation.
Duke City Marathon is Sunday
It starts and ends at Civic Plaza, so look for closures on Third, Central, Laguna, Kit Carson, and Alcalde. Keep an eye out for runners on the bosque trail as well. A course map is here and exact closure details are here. (There are a couple of closures in the Downtown core on Saturday as well.)
With 36 cases in 87102 and 17 in 87104, this past week was almost a carbon copy of the week before.
Shootings, and their aftermath, on west Central and in the Downtown core
The week featured a good deal of dreadful news on this front:
Colorado Springs stadium's private ownership explains the stark funding differences
From Carrie Robin Brunder, the political director of New Mexico United for All, a pro-stadium group:


Thank you for your story Thursday comparing the Colorado Springs stadium to the one proposed here. I found it thoughtful and balanced. But there is one point you left out of the article that I think is important: In Colorado Springs, the team owns the stadium. In Albuquerque, the city would own the stadium. That's why the investment ratios were so different in Colorado Springs. In fact, it's quite rare - for a publicly-owned stadium - that the team would put in so much capital.
Happy birthday to The Paper
Making it through your first year as a media outlet is no easy feat even in the best of circumstances, but The Paper pulled it off during a pandemic that has generally decimated alt-weeklies everywhere (including its predecessor, The Alibi). Read their retrospective of year one here.
Mountain top
The city dedicated a new mural this week near First and Tijeras titled "Mountain Top," by Noé Barnett. Images in the mural include Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Coretta Scott King, and Martin Luther King.
DGM at 25
Many happy returns...
Parade and artisan/farmer's market in Martineztown tomorrow
The event commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the movement that kicked off the redevelopment of the area (DAN, 5/20/21). Details here. Details specific to an exhibition at the Special Collections Library, which runs through November 13, are here.
Tropeano ordination is this weekend
Last month we profiled Raynolds resident Anne Tropeano and her interesting path to the priesthood, the events around which begin today and last through the weekend.
Washington Middle School Strong
Just over 500 of these shirts were recently passed out to Washington Middle School students as part of a larger effort to help out (DAN, 9/7/21) following the recent shooting. The design was donated by the West Downtown firm Ripe Inc.
Sawmill neighborhood clean-up day is tomorrow
Details here.
Here's our 2021 voter guide again
We've updated the guide this week with links to the Journal's school board candidate questionnaire and our own latest articles on the stadium proposal. Read it here. And it's not too late to request a mail-in ballot for the election, which concludes November 2.
One more week for neighborhood Roadrunner fundraiser
Food bank donations can be made, through October 22, on pages sponsored by the Raynolds Addition Neighborhood Association or the Huning Castle Neighborhood Association.
Hitting the streets
Noticed at Artwalk last weekend: The streets were not blocked off, breaking a trend set over the summer (DAN, 10/7/21) but the phenomenon of pedestrians spilling out onto streets and basically mingling with cars - something police say provokes spur-of-the-moment closures - could be seen on Fourth just south of Central.
Indigenous People's Day rally at Civic Plaza
KRQE reports.
City pursues free BioPark admission for low-income families
KRQE reports.
BioPark will be closed Tuesday
The day will be devoted to staff training, the city reports in this notice. Tingley Beach, however, will remain open.
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