Triq Sir Patrick Stewart,
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The former Orpheum Theatre in Gzira is a splendid and near complete survivor of the large single screen cinemas on Malta. It may (or may not) have opened as a theatre and there is likely to be a stage intact – I was not able to investigate.
Like many of the island’s cinemas it was flat floored in the stalls and had a single balcony. In 2001 it was Grade 1 Listed.
The balcony is unaltered and magnificent with Spanish decor on the walls, a panelled ceiling and a painted shield in the centre.
The stalls walls have been painted white and bright lighting introduced (plays havoc with a camera!) but are not structurally altered. The balcony foyer is used as a martial arts centre and the main foyer as a bar (separate from the auditorium).
A real delight! The theatre is famed for the filming of a video by the rock group Black Sabbath in 1995.
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