Cine Olimpia

Avenida 16 de September,
Mexico City

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A commemoration plaque was laid by Enrico Carouso in 1919, at the start of construction of the Teatro Cine Olimpia. It opened on 10th December 1921, and the Teatro Cine Olimpia’s first programme was a stage presentation of “La Danza del Idolo” starring Griffith, El Maestro. As its name suggests, it was built for both stage and film use. The auditorium had seating in orchestra, circle and balcony levels. There were 14 boxes along the side walls, six at circle level and six at balcony level. There was an eliptical shaped proscenium and a large dome in the ceiling. The theatre was equipped with a 3Manual organ.

The Cine Olimpia was rebuilt to the plans of the original architect Carlos Crombe, re-opening in early 1941.

It was refurbished and reopened January 1968 with around 1,500 seats. For many years it was the oldest operating cinema in Mexico City.

Closed and unused in 2003.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

According to this item from the April 11, 1941, issue of The Film Daily, the Cine Olimpia reopened that year after being completely rebuilt:

“U. S. Equip. Is Feature Of Mexico City Stand

“Mexico City — With Paramount’s ‘Arise, My Love’ on the screen, the new Cine Olimpia, completely rebuilt on the site of the old one, of which Enrico Caruso laid the cornerstone in 1919, has opened on the Avenida 16 de Septiembre, one of Mexico City’s main arteries.

“Formerly American-owned, the new Cine Olimpia is now operated by Edward Noonan and Antonio de G. Osio. It has 2,800 seats from American Seating Co., Western Electric projection and sound system, and is carpeted by Mohawk. The Olimpia is also equipped with air-conditioning. Architect Carlos Crombe, who built the original Olimpia, was responsible for the new house.”

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