Cinema Azzurro Scipioni
Via degli Scipioni 82,
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This small independent Roman art house is located in Zona Prati, a short walk from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, about a block from the Ottaviano stop of the Metropolitana. The founder and owner is Silvano Agosti, an avant-garde independent filmmaker who sometimes shows his own films here, as well as those of his contemporaries.
The cinema was actually named Azzurro (Blue) after the film “Il Pianeta Azzurro” of Franco Piavoli, and Scipioni after the street it is on, Via degli Scipioni. Recent and classic Italian and non-Italian films are programmed in good measure. The little cinema has two auditoriums, the larger “Sala Lumiere” downstairs and the smaller “Sala Chaplin” upstairs. Most of the films are shown in 35mm but in the upstairs Chaplin, video projections are often the norm.
The seats in the theatre are actually old airliner seats, so that you feel here that you might be in a large plane. In short, this is a very unique place for the serious film buff visiting or residing in the Eternal City.
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