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Opened on 28th January 1928 for vaudeville shows and movies, with a seating capacity of 1,920 in orchestra and balcony levels. Famous for its avant-garde architecture, inside and outside. It’s 30m ‘light tower’ became a widely known landmark.
The cinema survived the war without much damage and became one of the first CinemaScope theaters in 1953. Continued to show movies and music shows until closing as a single screen cinema in 1965.
The foyer and rear orchestra seating area was converted into a supermarket, the remainder of the building lay empty and unused.
The building was gutted internally, loosing the magnificent interior and it was reopened in 1995 as a 5-screen multiplex, using only a small part of the original building, besides several shops.
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