Teatro Politeama

Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 109 - 115,
Lisbon 1150

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Opened in December 1913 as a live theatre it began showing films from 1914 and became a full time cinema from 1928.

Designed by architect Ventura Terra, it has an interesting facade of three coupled windows beneath a large relieving arch which is surmounted by the name of the theatre in stonework and an attic storey with roundel windows. Plaques on the wall either side of the arched entrance have the words ‘Musica’ and ‘Comedia’.

Inside there is a large lobby which is decorated like an entrance to a stately mansion. The auditorium has the look of a small opera house with seating on the main orchestra floor and three levels of horse-shoe shaped balconies with stage boxes. The seating capacity was originally for 900 when it was operating as a cinema and it was operated in conjunction to the Olimpia Cinema which it adjoins at the rear.

Since closing as a cinema it has gone back to live performances usually of the cabaret, concerts and small musical productions type.

Contributed by KenRoe

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KenRoe
KenRoe on August 13, 2005 at 8:27 am

Photo of main entance to the Teatro Politeama here:
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Streetfront photo here:
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Orginal front entrance doors photo here:
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Pauliano
Pauliano on September 7, 2005 at 12:25 am

Photos avaliable on View link
(click on “Imagens”)

Ian
Ian on October 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

The Politeama does not, I think, adjoin the Olympia – the former Condes is back to back with the Olympia. I have tried to correct the streetview picture above but I think that the Politeama is in the pedestrianised area and not visible on the Google site.

But it was over 20 years ago that I was last in Lisbon!

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