Cine Imperio & Estudio
Alameda Afonso Henriques,
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The Cine Imperio was constructed between 1947 and 1952. Three different architects were involved with its design; Cassiano Branco was responsible for the shell of the building, Frederico George for the interior and R. Chorao Ramalho for the cafe which occupied the ground floor level and had its own seperate entrances off the street.
The building was designed in a streamline Art Moderne style of the 1950’s. The enormous sized auditorium is quite plain and simple in its design and has seating for 926 on orchestra level with two balconies above.
In the 1960’s an additional small cinema named the Estudio was created from space at the top of the building.
I believe the last operators were CIC and it closed around 1990. It is currently a ‘church’ for the Brazilian based ‘Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’ (UCKG) who operate out of many former cinema buildings in the USA, South America and Europe.
Any further details and information on the history would be appreciated.
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