Cinema Imperiale

via Borgognona 43-46,
Rome 00187

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Cinema Imperiale

Located in a narrow side street off the Via del Corso. The Cinema Imperiale was opened on 3rd November 1923. It was closed in the 1950’s, and is now in use as a trendy boutique shop.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2019 at 1:57 am

Was this the same place as the Cinema Bernini? That also had a Via Borgognona address.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 18, 2019 at 4:30 am

Gerald, It could be? The book where I got the initial information on “Luoghi Architecture del Cinema in Italia” (2010) only mentions the Imperiale name.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2019 at 4:45 am

I have an ad for a movie playing at both the Bernini and Barberini in the fascist era. No exact address given for the Bernini. The Barberini is still around.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm

The May 18, 1940 edition of the Rome newspaper “Il Messaggero” lists the Imperiale and Bernini as separate cinemas. It lists what was playing in each of those two places. The webpage www.cartesio-episteme.net/cinema says the Bernini was on Via Borgognona. It says the Imperiale was on Via del Corso.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 7:58 am

Rossellini’s landmark film “Paisa'” (Paisan) had its opening run beginning here on March 8, 1947 after a premiere gala the day before at the Capranichetta. It ran here and at the Capranica.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 8:02 am

On December 18, 1948, Rossellini’s “Germania anno zero” (Germany Year Zero) began its regular engagement here.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 23, 2019 at 2:45 am

On May 18, 1940, according to a listing in Il Messaggero, the Imperiale was showing “Avventuriera” with Edwige Feuillere. This was the French “J'etais une aventuriere” from 1938.

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