Cine Verdi

Carrer de Verdi, 32,
Barcelona 08012

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Cine Verdi

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Located a little out to the west of the city centre in the artsy Gracia district. The Cine Verdi opened in 1933/34. It had an original seating capacity of 1,120. Closed during the Spanish Civil War, it re-opened on 20th December 1944 with Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea in "The Great Man’s Lady" and Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone in "Tower of London". On 3rd March 1945, a ballroom located over the entrance foyer was opened, which was named the Grand Salon Verdi.

In October 1963, the cinema was re-equipped with new projectors, new seats and a new ‘gigantic’ Perlux screen. The refurbished cinema opened with the documentary film "Mondo de Noche"("World at Night").

The cinema was completely re-furbished and re-opened on 7th February 1986 with Peter Sellers in "Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".

The Cinema Verdi was converted into a triple screen cinema just over a year later. Re-opening on 23rd October 1987 with a total seating of 744. There were 434 seats in the former stalls and two screens in the former balcony which seated 168 and 162.

On the 9th October 1992, the building was converted into five screens and a total seating capacity of 1,054, possibly by converting the former ballroom. Today the seating capacity in the five screens is for 396, 155, 118, 212 and 90 and it screens art house films.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm

An August 2006 photograph, outside the Cinemes Verdi:
http://flickr.com/photos/barcalunacy/268744924/

vost_bcn
vost_bcn on April 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

My local cinema for the past 7 years. Hands down offering the most interesting programming in town. Actually totalling 9 screens, if combined with Verdi Park HD which has an entrance in the next street behind Calle Verdi.

vost_bcn
vost_bcn on April 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

Verdi Park in Calle Torrijos has a bright and modern exterior, and also offers animation matinees for kids on Saturday and Sundays. And you still get the occasional short before your movie at certain showings.

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