Biografen Rival

Mariatorget 3,
Stockholm SE-118 48

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Biografen Rival

A stunning Art Deco style gem opened on 26th December 1937 with a seating capacity of 1,218 in orchestra and balcony levels. It was designed by architect Rolf Hagstrand, with interior decorations by Marcus Madrid Lorentsen. Located inside the lower ground floor of the Rival Hotel on the quiet residential island of Sodermalm in the south of Stockholm.

The hotel was bought by Benny from ABBA and lovingly restored including the cinema which held the World premiere of the film “Mama Mia” in 2008.

Contributed by Woody, Ken Roe

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woody
woody on August 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm

photos from august 2009, sadly i didnt get into the auditorium but here are:
exterior of the hotel (the cinema is entered off the main lobby)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3860382090/
the stunning lobby, very contemporary update of the art deco original
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3860376672/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3859589545/

av_bjorn
av_bjorn on May 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm

No film in this Theatre nowdays. Conferences, music and stand-up etc… Last film was a special event; the world premiere of “Mama Mia”. The four members of ABBA, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfield was present (2008).

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on August 24, 2018 at 2:35 pm

It is a great shame that this splendid cinema is not used for regular screenings. However, when I visited, in August 2018, the Hospitality Manageress was only too pleased to open up the auditorium, so at least I got to see it. You will notice, in the photos I took from the stage, the black curtain pulled halfway across the stalls. There is a matching curtain on the other side; these are used to produce a more intimate atmosphere when the full capacity is not required.

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