ABQ Pics: Somewhere Over the Blood Bank...

Rainbows over CSL Plasma on San Mateo near Central.

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Comment by AlbuquirkyPhotos on March 5, 2013 at 9:00am

Formerly the Rainbow Roller Rink, a place for a hot date skating and drinking cokes. Closed in the early 70s (?). Billy Graham held evangelistic Crusades in the building in the mid 1950s. Now the subject is blood again, but in a different context.

Comment by Dave T. on March 5, 2013 at 9:50am

I was going to this roller rink when I was in midschool, which would have placed the closing some time in the late 80s. What a great rink! A shame when it went away.

Comment by hettie on March 5, 2013 at 10:45pm

I remember a few birthday parties there, so it had to be the mid to late 80s. Are there any roller rinks left in the city? 

Comment by Dave T. on March 5, 2013 at 10:48pm

There's Roller King up on Juan Tabo and the freeway. Kinda hard to find, and no disco. Definitely NOT as good as the Rainbow.

Comment by Dee Cohen on March 6, 2013 at 5:12am

Thank you so much for the info on the past roller rink & religious crusaders. My information and affection of ABQ deepens. Dee

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2013 at 7:59pm

It was still a roller rink (just barely) when I moved here in 1992. I have a distinct memory of skating there in early 1993. I think it closed just after that. 

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