Teatro Manzoni

40 Via Alesandro Manzoni,
Milan 20121

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Teatro Manzoni

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Built in 1850 as a live theatre. Seating was provided in orchestra level, 3 tiers of boxes and an upper gallery. It became the Teatro della Commedia on 3rd December 1872. On 3rd May 1873 it was re-named Teatro Manzoni. On 14th August 1943 the the theatre was destroyed by bombing.

It was rebuilt to the designs of architect Mario Cavalle with seating for 1,400. It reopened as the Teatro Cinema Manzoni on 20th October 1950 with a performance of the American Ballet Theatre. There was a basement cinema (seating capacity unknown). A bar is in the theatre and the lobby is conceived as a covered square, with various sculptures.

On 9th April 1955 the main theatre auditorium became the first cinema after New York and London to be equipped with 3-projection Cinerama, opening with “This Is Cinerama”. The auditorium now has 1,170 seats, on the main floor and in one balcony, and the ceiling dome has a mural. Plays and live performances have been presented, in addition to movies. The basement cinema had THX surround sound. In January 2005, the first digital projector in Milan was installed, a CMC-D2 digital projector, but unfortunately in June 2006, the basement cinema closed.

By 2010, the main theatre auditorium was operating as a live performance & concert theatre.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm

2006 photos by Roloff
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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 18, 2017 at 8:46 am

The introduction has some historical errors. The original “legit” Teatro Manzoni was damaged beyond repair during WWII and replaced in 1950 by a new playhouse at a different location. The second Teatro Manzoni was part of a Galleria with a separate and larger Cinema Manzoni. The two shared a marquee at the main entrance to the Galleria, but had separate facilities within. Teatro Manzoni is still thriving, but the cinema eventually fell victim to radical changes in the film industry.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 19, 2017 at 6:02 am

Shouldn’t the listing name be changed to Cinema Manzoni? Teatro Manzoni was and still is a “legit” playhouse and concert venue. Though they shared a marquee at the entrance to a Galleria, the cinema was a separate building.

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