Teatro Linda Vista

96 Villa de Guadalupe,
Mexico City

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Teatro Linda Vista

The former Teatro Linda Vista is in the process of being converted into use as a church.

Contributed by William Gabel

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FranciscoAlfaro on November 30, 2004 at 9:00 am

El cine Lindavista es un caso especial en la historia de los viejos edificios destinados a la cinematografía. Inaugurado en 1942, y bajo el proyecto de Charles Lee, es uno de los ejemplos representativos de la obra de este arquitecto en la ciudad de México. Ademád del Lindavista, Charles Lee proyecto, de acuerdo con Maggie Valentine, el Chapultepec (ya demolido), el Lido (en proceso de transformación) y el Tepeyac (abandonado). Para el caso del Lindavista, este edificio está en proceso de transformación para convertirlo en el Santuario de San Juan Diego, y para tal efecto el Papa Juan Pablo II, lo bendijo en su última visita a México. En el proceso de transformación, el cine ha perdido alguno de sus elementos característicos, y paulatinamente veremos su transformación hacia un templo católico.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2004 at 12:06 pm

Thank you for the posting Francisco and thank you lostmemory for the translation.

According to Maggie Valentine’s book “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk” the Linda Vista Theatre had a seating capacity of 2,500. The Lido is listed as having 1,400 seats. There are 3 pages of photo’s of the Linda Vista in the book.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2004 at 2:06 pm

The Teatro Linda Vista opened on 25th December 1942, the same day as Lee’s; Cine Lido.

In a locally published book on the cinemas of Mexico City ‘Espacios Distantes…Aun Vivos’ the seating capacity of the Linda Vista is given as 1,310 in 1945 & 1955 and 1,294 in 1971. So maybe the 2,500 seat capacity given in the Maggie Valentine book is incorrect?

FranciscoAlfaro on February 21, 2005 at 12:41 pm

The Lindavista cinema and the Lido cinema are considered twins, not for their architectural solution, that presents some differences, but for that they are of the same architect (Charles Lee), the same chain (Fox), the same promoter (Theodore Gildred), and inaugurated in the same date: December 25h of 1942, both in the city of México. Today, both are in transformation process, one to be Catholic Temple, and the other one to be Bookstore of the Fondo de Cultura Económica. Although the buildings remain, with important changes, their film character no longer.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 21, 2005 at 12:48 pm

Thank you for your up-date on the current status of these two theatres. It is good to hear that they are being put back into use again rather than being demolished.

kencmcintyre on September 29, 2006 at 2:59 pm

This page and the next have photos from the UCLA collection:

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