Coliseum Cinema

The Colosseum Cinema is located at the intersection of Gran Via and Rambla de Catalunya on map). The building belongs to the architectural monuments of the early twentieth century.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

Since 1901, the site of the "Colosseum" has housed a small cinema with the grand name Palacio de la Ilusión. In 1913 the illusion closed and the building was left in disrepair for a long time.

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In 1919, the editor of the "World of cinema" magazine, Jose Soloy, put forward the idea that the lively place at the intersection of two main city streets, which was occupied by a former cinema, could be used for the construction of a large "Palace of cinema". The project was undertaken by the Metropolitan construction company, and on October 10, 1923, the Colosseum was opened.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

The cinema hall had a capacity of 1,815 spectators, for a long time remaining the largest among the cinemas in Barcelona.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

Building in the eclectic style by the architect Francesco Nebot, also known as the author of the modern ensemble Plaza Catalunya.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

In the appearance of the cinema, you can guess the features of the Parisian Beaux Arts style (Fr. "Fine art").

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

The architect was clearly inspired by Charles Granier's Grand Oprea in Paris.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

The facade has an entrance atrium, double corinthian columns support a semicircular balcony under a wide arch.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

The balcony parapet is decorated with sculptures of muses by Pierre Ricart.

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The building is crowned by a large dome designed by the engineer Valeri Corbero. it is complemented by two neo-Baroque turrets at the corners of the facade.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

During the Civil war, on March 17, 1938, the cinema suffered from aerial bombardment.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

However, the bomb did not hit the building itself, but a truck carrying explosives. The explosion killed many people and caused serious damage to buildings on Gran via, including damage to the Colosseum.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

In the second half of the twentieth century, the hall was used for staging various shows, and art exhibitions were placed in the halls.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

In 2006, film screenings stopped, and the hall was converted into a theater, reducing the number of seats to 1,689.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona

Now there are musical concerts and Comedy performances.

Colosseum Cinema, Barcelona