Cineforum Alessandro VII

Piazza dell'Abbadia,
Siena 53100

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This pleasant little cinema is located not far from the universities, music schools, and language schools for foreigners that fill this city of that twice-annual festival, the Palio, which culminates in a horse race in the main square, the Piazza del Campo, not far from the cinema.

The cinema was named after Pope Alessandro VII (Alexander VII) who was born in Siena in 1599 and served as Pope from 1655-1667. I wonder if there are other movie theatres elsewhere named after Pope’s?

The programming used to be a mixture of recent films and selected revivals.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 9, 2004 at 11:39 am

In the summer of 1988, while studying in Siena, I visited this cinema with colleagues. I saw Francesco Rosi’s “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” in a wonderful CinemaScope-ratio print. It was so good I went back again. I also caught a revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo e Giulietta” which was shown, to my horror, in a substandard video projection.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 11:12 am

Here’s a photo of the interior in 1988.
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