Cine Colisee

Rue du Pont Neuf 66-68,
Brussels 1000

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Cine Colisee

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Located in the Rue du Pont Neuf, between Rue Neuve and Boulevard Adolphe Max. Built in the 1920’s on the site of the Madrid dance hall, it was first named Commodor Cinema, from 1932 to 1939. It was re-named Cinephone in 1939 and continued with this name until 1954, when it was renovated and became the Cine Colisee.

“The Wild One” with Marlon Brando was shown here second run after the Agora and Plaza cinemas. Some German films were also shown in the late-1950’s. In 1962 it became a duplex, the second cinema in Brussels to be twinned after the Avenue Cinema.

In 1970 it became a triplex, the third screen was built on the site of the Parisiane dance hall nearby. The opening film was “Charly” with Cliff Robertson. The Cine Colisee was closed in 1983 and was demolished. Today a retail shop H&M is on the site.

Contributed by bette andré

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paulzak
paulzak on April 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

My family owned and operated this theater for many years. I have fond memories of spending time in the theaters, seeing the expansion from two to three theaters in the 70s and staying in the penthouse apartment. My great aunt and uncle Stan and Lucia Heiber were the owners.

paulzak
paulzak on April 7, 2015 at 6:45 am

I didn’t quite get it as a kid, but at least one of the screens seemed to be dedicated to sex films. Ilsa, the She Wolf of the SS played one summer. The impressionable teen, who was me, found it intriguing and discussing. I remember trying to understand how my Jewish family could run this crap, but never got a satisfactory answer. Ultimately, my family, survivors of Nazi abuse, pragmatic. They probably figured that sadisdic pervert money was as good as any other.

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