Cinema Teatro Medica Palace

Via Montegrappe 9/2,
Bologna 40121

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The city of Bologna in central Italy is probably the most cinephile of all Italian cities and the Cinema Teatro Medica Palace is its biggest classic one-screen cinema. The Cinema Medica was designed by architect Galliano Rabbi and built in 1925, opening in 1926 with 2,500 seats, which makes it certainly one of the oldest surviving cinemas in Bologna having resisted the competition from new multiplex cinemas built in the outskirts.

The cinema is a bit off the main high street of Bologna – Via Indipendenza – and situated under the archways of a building which also houses the Palace Hotel. The Cinema Teatro Medica Palace is situated in a traditional cinema area which until recently boasted some of the most elegant and traditional cinemas of the city, like the Cinema Fulgor, Cinema Imperiale and the Cinema Metropolitan – all by now transformed into stores or closed.

The Cinema Teatro Medica Palace is one of the last cinemas in this central area. It was remodeled in 1950, again to plans of the original architect Galliano Rabbi and has a large foyer, where you can sit down awaiting admission into the theatre. The auditorium is rather modern in style with black walls and very comfortable black seats. The auditorium is very vast both in length and breadth and includes an elegantly curved balcony, which, alas, was always closed when I frequented the cinema. The cinema has always been a premiere cinema – in Italian “cinema di prima visione” and in general shows the most “appealing”, i.e. crowd-attracting – films of the moment but at times also gives smaller productions a chance. The cinema is well frequented and won the “golden ticket” – biglietto d'oro – in the season 2010/11 for being the one-screen cinema with most ticket sales of a city of between 200,000 and 500,000 inhabitants.

Contributed by Alexander Neubauer

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hamiltonli
hamiltonli on November 20, 2013 at 2:40 am

MEDICA Palace via Montegrappa, 9 – Bologna DIGITAL 2K + 3D Capienza: 886 posti in pelle + 4H Schermo: silver 18,00m x 7,70m CINEMASCOPE 1:2,35 Videoproiettore Digitale 2K: CINEMECCANICA CMC4-D2 Server DCI 2K: DOLBY DSS100 Tecnologia 3D: MasterImage con occhiali passivi Audio: DOLBY DIGITAL CP650EX Proiettore 35mm: doppio proiettore CINEMECCANICA ZX4000H Servizi Cinema: BAR

that’s means only 886 seats.

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