Cinema Metropolitan

Via del Corso, 7,
Rome 00100

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

When the 1961 Luciano Salce film Il federale (The Fascist) opened at the Metropolitan, the audiences were so large that the normally closed third balcony had to be opened to meet the demand. This information is given on the Italian DVD for the movie. Il federale featured Ugo Tognazzi, Georges Wilson, and Stefania Sandrelli.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 12:04 pm

Bill-
Yes, a few more as I dig through my photos.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on March 31, 2005 at 11:52 am

Gerald—

Fotografia favolosa! Ed anche for your photos of Siena’s Cinema Alessandro, Providence’s RKO Albee, and NYC’s Beacon in previous posts. Thanks. Any more?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 11:30 am

Here is a recent photo of the Metropolitan.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 17, 2005 at 10:51 am

Many historic Italian films premiered here. For the record, Vittorio De Sica’s landmark “Ladri di biciclette” (“The Bicycle Thief,” “Bicycle Thieves”) opened here and at the Cinema Barberini on November 24, 1948.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on December 15, 2004 at 8:01 pm

Quite stately, with its high-class marble, mirrors, and crystal chandeliers. The lobby has the look of a Rapp and Rapp design. The features at the beginning of October were “The Terminal,” A Song for Bobby Long” (has this opened yet in USA?), “L’Amore ritrovato” (dir. Carlo Mazzacurati), and “Fahrenheit 911” (to judge from the overwhelming anti-Bush sentiment in Italy, it must be a hit; it’s playing on five other screens in Rome; “Bowling for Columbine” meanwhile plays at the marvelous Azzurro Scipione). The admission charge of 7 euros is a bit higher than the 6 euros charged at other theaters in Rome. You pay more for the marble and crystal?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 23, 2004 at 4:19 am

Interesting that the Metropolitan right now is showing Mel Gibson’s LA PASSIONE DI CRISTO on one screen and a revival of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 IL VANGELO SECONDO MATTEO (THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW) on another. So two films about Jesus are playing the same Roman theatre at the same time. Interesting also that both movies were shot in part in the southern Italian village of Matera. My own feeling is that the Pasolini film is infinitely superior both as a movie and as a portrait of Jesus.