Cinema Lux

Galleria San Federico 33, Piazza San Carlo,
Turin 10121

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Sporting a stunning facade, Turin’s largest cinema, with 1,336 seats in its single auditorium, is situated in a small shopping gallery or arcade in the town’s centre. You have to know where it is or accidentally stumble upon it, or you’ll miss it. Opened in 1934 as the Cinema Rex, the seating capacity was provided for 800 in the orchestra stalls and 700 in the balcony. It was later re-named Cinema Dux, then after World War II, it was re-named Cinema Lux

Sadly the Cinema Lux was closed in 2005 ‘for renovation’, it remained a first-run cinema to the end.

The auditorium was gutted and the Cinema Lux re-opened on 20th November 2009. It has now been triplexed with the screens seating 151, 206 and 167. These are located on the first floor, originally the orchestra stalls area. All three screens are equipped with 3D technology.

Contributed by Roloff de Jeu, Ken Roe

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 8, 2006 at 9:06 am

Here is a photo I took of the Cinema Lux in 1990. The film being shown looks like it might be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, here called “Ninja Turtles to the Rescue.”

Roloff
Roloff on July 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Just revisited the Lux today. It recently reopened after a 5 year closure. It’s no longer a single screen theater but a multisal: the 1,000 seat auditorium has been split up in 3 theaters, the original three entrances in the basement have been shut and are plastered up and now has a bar in front of it. The rest of the lush marble is still intact and very much worth a visit. I took lotsa pictures.
The exterior, as well as the whole galleria is in scaffolding. Renovation to the gorgious arcade should be done in september.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Roloff another great theatre gone the way of multiplexing!

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