Cinema Splendid Palace
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Cinema Splendid Palace (Official)
Architects: F. Skujina
Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Cinema Riga
Located in the center of Riga about ten minutes' walk from the ‘Old Town’. It opened as a single screen cinema on 30th December 1923 as the Cinema Splendid Palace, with seating in stalls and balcony levels. The auditorium is decorated in a charming French Renaissance style and the cinema was designed by architect F. Skujina.
It was re-named Cinema Riga in recent years, and an additional second modern screen was added which seats 210. The back three rows of this new auditorium have seats with no elbow-rests, which cost more than the other seats. It is programmed by Media (part of the Europa Cinema group).
It hosts the ‘Lielais Kristaps’ Latvian Film Festival.
In September 2011, it was re-named Cinema Splendid Palace again.
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Here are a selection of photographs of the magnificent Cinema Riga:
Close-up of entrance and facade
OOpps sorry here is the correct link to the ‘Lounge’ photograph: