Piazza Barberini, 24,
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The Cinema Barberini is and always has been a premiere first run house since it was opened in 1930. Located in Rome’s Piazza Barberini, just across from the famed Hotel Bristol, the start of classy Via Veneto, and the Triton fountain by Bernini. The theatre was originally built by director Roberto Rossellini’s father.
Designed in an Art Deco style, the original seating capacity of 2,000 was divided into orchestra and balcony levels. The sides of the balcony extended forward towards the proscenium and had a series of stepped loge seating. The side-walls at balcony level had a series of large Art Deco inspired decorative panels. Beneath the balcony, the rear orchestra seating was illuminated by a series of eight troughs which contained concealed lighting. The Cinema Barbarini was equipped with a decent sized stage.
It is doubtful if much of the original interior now remains after being sub-divided into five screens, although in the foyer containing the ticket office there still remains a domed ceiling with concealed lighting around its rim.
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