Teatro Sala Umberto

Via della Mercede, 50,
Rome 00187

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Teatro Sala Umberto

This illustrious theatre in the center of Rome had its origins as a concert hall in 1882. It was designed by architect Andrea Busiri Vici with internal decorations by Alessandro Bazzani and was located on the ground floor of an existing building. In 1890 it was enlarged to the plans of architect Giulio Podesti and had 650-seats. It was converted into a cinema in 1913 but also until 1930 it was a noted variety or Vaudeville theatre hosting some of the finest performers of the era. From 1930 and into the 1970’s it was a cinema, including a specialized cinema d'essai from 1991-2001. In 2002, after some physical restructuring, it became a home for quality stage productions.

Contributed by Gerald DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 26, 2019 at 8:20 am

In February 1992 I went to a film here. It was “The 600 Days of Salo'” by Nicola Caracciolo and Valerio Marino, a documentary about Mussolini’s fascist republic in the north of Italy during the final year and a half of World War II.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 8:18 am

On May 18, 1940 two films played here: “Caffe' Internazionale” (the 1938 French “Cafe' de Paris” with Vera Korene, and “Guarnigione innamorata” (“23 ½ Hours Leave” with James Ellison.) The venue showed quite a few films during that era.

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