Monumental Cinema Teatro

Praca do Saldanha,

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Opened on 14th November 1951, the architect of this ‘monumental’ cinema which certainly lived up to its name was Raul Rodrigues Lima.

The building took up a whole city block and seating in the large auditorium was on orchestra level with two balconies above. The cinema was equipped to screen 70mm movies and films such as “Ben Hur”, “My Fair Lady”, “West Side Story” and “2001: A Space Odessy” all had long runs here.

I don’t know when the Monumental closed, but I do know that there was great pressure put on the ‘powers that be’ to save the building from destruction. All this came to nothing and sadly it was demolished in 1984.

Any further information on this magnificent cinema would be appreciated.

I believe that the current 4 screen Monumental Cinema, located at Edifico Monumental, Praca Duque de Saldanha is built on the site of the Monumental Cinema Teatro. This new cinema screens independent and European art house movies.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Pauliano on September 6, 2005 at 11:27 pm

Eden and Monumental were the two major cinemas. Unfortunately, both were forgotten by the city councils, and if Internet has come earlier maybe now both could still be there with us.

The current cinemas has nothing to do with the old cinema, just the place. Now, the building hosts a shopping center and lots of firms and even residentials.

HowardBHaas on October 3, 2007 at 6:07 am

exterior photos here. Looks enormous!
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irishcine on February 2, 2009 at 6:23 am

Monumental, cinema exterior shown here

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