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Here’s a vintage view of Soliman Pasha street with the Metro on the right (and the Miami on the left), from my postcard collection:
The Metro Cinema can be seen mid-distance on the left of this May 2009 street scene:
A photograph of the fire damaged Metro Cinema in January 1952:
A night-time photograph of the Metro Cinema in March 2008:
Viewed from the opposite direction:
A closer view in December 2006:
Original poster frame:
A photograph and some text on the Metro Cinema here:
Gary;Thanks for the update on the state of the Metro Cinema and for adding other Cairo Theatres. I hope you had a great time over there?
I just returned from three weeks in Egypt and at the end of our trip, after spending most of the day viewing Pharaonic treasures in the Egyptian Museum, I arranged for our guide to take my wife and I for an exterior viewing and photoshoot of the nearby Metro. Our guide, Sam, about 30 years old, was well familiar with the Metro, as he went on dates there when courting his wife.
Though I did not see the interior, I am happy to say that the exterior, though coated in dust like nearly all Cairo buildings from lack of rain, is almost completely in original condition. The only significant change apparent is a modern wedge-shaped marquee in place of the original rectangular canopy. The facade’s ornamental scheme is intact. The vertical sign is intact. Underneath the marquee is a wood-veneered streamlined box office with an art deco brass grille in the window.
The Metro still sits amid what is clearly an old movie theatre district. Some houses still operate, while others are closed.
Further history and photo’s regarding the Metro Cinema here http://www.egy.com/landmarks/97-05-15.shtml