Cines Lauren Universitat 1-4

Carrer del Tallers, 76,
Barcelona 08001

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Located close to the University of Barcelona in the city centre. The Cine Pelayo opened in 1948 with the Mexican film "La Diosa Arrodillada"("The Kneeling Goddess") starring Maria Felix and Arturo de Cordova. It had a seating capacity of 1,380, located in orchestra and balcony levels. Initially it played films from Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and this policy lasted until the early 1950’s. The film “The Great Caruso” starring Mario Lanza was a big hit at the Cine Palayo in December 1952.

In 1985 it was converted into a twin screen cinema, re-opening on 8th November 1985 with seating for 620 in the former stalls and 270 in the former balcony. At the same time, the Cine Petit Pelayo, which was located at the rear of the Cine Pelayo, and had its own seperate entrance, was incorporated into the Cine Palayo and given a shared entrance. This added a third screen seating 490 to the 890 seat twin cinema (The Cine Petit Pelayo/Cine Lauren Universitat 5, has its own seperate listing on Cinema Treasures). In recent years the former Cines Palayo has been sub-divided to provide another two screens.

In November 1993, the Cines Pelayo and Cine Petit Pelayo came under the ownership of the Lauren Cinemas group and they have now been re-named Cines Lauren Universitat.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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KenRoe
KenRoe on March 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

A May 2005 photograph of the Cine Universitat (formerly the Cine Pelayo):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eviltwin/14755670/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

What’s with the graffiti? Is that a problem in Barcelona? It really detracts from the theater, at least for me.

KenRoe
KenRoe on March 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm

ken mc; I really don’t know. When I first saw that photograph I thought ‘a closed down cinema’, only to do more research and find its still operating. I am visiting Barcelona next week to check out the cinemas and theatres, so should be able to report back and amend any errors in the Barcelona cinema/theatres list.

KenRoe
KenRoe on April 12, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Well Ken, you will see in these two photographs I took in April 2006, they have cleaned up the building and the graffiti has now gone:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/2408154066/
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/2407322905/

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