Cine Imperial

Calle Gran Via 32,
Madrid 28013

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Cine Imperial

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Opened in 1935 with all seats on one floor, the Cine Madrid-Paris was built in 1933 to 1935 on the Calle Gran Via in the centre of Madrid. It was renamed the Cine Imperial at the end of the Spanish Civil War.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, much ornament was removed from Madrid’s Calle Gran Via buildings, including ornament from the exterior of the building housing the Cine Imperial. During that time, many interiors were also remodelled, including the Cine Imperial, which had its interior ‘modernized’ to a plain decor.

The Cine Imperial had 740 seats in the early 1990’s. When I saw "Halloween H20" there in October, 1998, I counted 631 seats in 28 rows of 7 seats, aisle, 14 seats, aisle, 7 seats. I estimated that for scope films the screen was 35 feet wide. Though unusual for Gran Via movie theaters, no curtain was used. The Cine Imperial was known for its excellent sound. I noted Dolby Digital THX surround sound.

During my visits to Madrid in the 1990’s, the niche at this theater was horror films. In April 2004, a two day festival "Film Fantasy & Horror Calle 13" was held.

In 2005 or 2006, the Cine Imperial closed and has became a Sefra clothing store.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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HowardBHaas on November 20, 2007 at 10:41 am

2003 photo of exterior showing the movie “Chicago” on the marquee:

2006 photo showing plywood on closed movie house:

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