Cinema Sordomuti

Via Nosadella, 51,
Bologna 40123

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Cinema Sordomuti

Originally opened in the 1800’s as the Teatro Nazionale presenting variety shows. In 1929 it became the Cinema Sordomuti. It seems to have been associated with the Istituto Gualandi per Sordomuti e Sordomute, an institute for the deaf, founded in the 19th Century. The film programs, for which flyers exist, were family-oriented. The building still stands today, use unknown.

Contributed by Gerald DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 7, 2019 at 6:45 am

The film showings in their cinema were probably meant to raise funds for their work with the deaf.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Numerous flyers for this theatre from the 1930s survive and reveal a variety of very good programming of Italian and non-Italian films. A number of them have been posted. Most of the admission prices were between one and three liras, depending on the location. Galleria (balcony) seats were more expensive than orchestra seats; that was true of most cinemas in Italy.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

The place had a long previous history in the 19th Century, when it was used for variety shows as the Teatro Nazionale, before being transformed after 1929 into a movie theatre.

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