Labia Cinema

68 Orange Street,
Cape Town 8001

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The Labia Cinema is the oldest art house cinema operating in South Africa. The building was orginally built as an opulent ballroom for the Italian Embassy. In 1949 Princess Labia converted the ballroom into a theatre for live performances.

Since the early 1960’s it was converted into a cinema, first with just a single screen. Now there are four screens, the largest of which has a seating capacity of 176.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm

A December 2007 photograph of the 4-screen Labia Cinema on Orange Street:
http://flickr.com/photos/markjutton/2104330394/

OTCF
OTCF on July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

For some sober thoughts on the last days of the Labia’s projection booth watch this excellent film. http://philipbloom.net/film/portrait-of-a-projectionist/

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