Cines Palau Balana

Passeig de Sant Antoni, 43,
Barcelona 08014

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Cines Palau Balana

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Located to the south of the city centre close to the mainline Sants railway station, the Cine Palacio Balana was built for and is operated by the Balana group. It opened on 11th December 1965 with Peter O'Toole in "Lord Jim". Designed by architect Pere Ricart Biot, with the designs and decorations by noted architect and interior designer Antoni Bonamusa. It had a seating capacity of 1,610 in stalls and balcony levels.

The exterior has a glazed facade over the entrance, while the auditorium block, running parallel to the street on the right of the entrance, is covered in geometric tiles. Inside the auditorium, there were more geometric blocks on the side walls and the screen was floating, with no masking or curtains. The Cine Palacio Balana was equipped with 70mm facilities.

In recent years (after 1995), the cinema was sub-divided into seven screens and had a slight change of name to Cines Palau Balana. Seating capacities are for: 145, 156, 153, 168, 277, 248 and 286.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 23, 2008 at 1:21 pm

A view of the auditorium block in June 2005, after being modified as a multi-screen cinema:
http://flickr.com/photos/nikto/20685585/
An October 2006 photograph of the modified entrance to the Cines Palau Balana:
http://flickr.com/photos/33752742@N00/288410782/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 12, 2008 at 12:10 pm

A photograph I took of the Cines Palau Balana in April 2008:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/2407623131/

ROBERTMIR
ROBERTMIR on June 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

Hi, Ken, the Architect’s of the renewal of this cinema were my brother and I, Enric Mir&Robert Mir, +MMASS Arquitectes, the interior design was made in collaboration with our uncle Antonio Bonamusa, who has made the original one.
Regards

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