Cine Pompeya

Calle Gran Via 70,
Madrid 28013

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The Cine Pompeya (Cinema Pompeii) was built 1945 to 1946 on the Gran Via and opened in 1949. It was designed by architect Pan da Torres with an original seating capacity of 420. My notes from seeing on October 20, 1997 "Martin" (Heche) a Spanish Argentine drama set in Madrid, was that there were 418 seats including main floor seating of 20 rows of 15 seats each, plus a balcony. A see thru white curtain opened & closed before the screen, which I estimated at about 30 feet wide. There was a stage. The theater was exquisitely ornate with paintings on the ceilings of the foyer and auditorium, and with pretty light fixtures. My notes suggested that I try sitting in the balcony the next time – but there would not be a next time.

The Cine Pompeya, which premiered all the Woody Allen films, closed, apparently by 1999, and is now a cafeteria.

My notes of Madrid cinema going included that there were real ushers, not security guards, who wore jackets & ties and showed patrons to their seats, reserved seats or not reserved (unlike 7 PM showtimes, the first screenings, at 4 PM, often were no longer reserved).

Contributed by Howard B Haas
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