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Photo: Cineteca Matadoro
Photo: Cineteca Matadoro


Movie magic – amazing cinemas

Forget about bland multiscreen complexes; the best places to take in the wonders of film are historic picture palaces, art house cinemas and striking contemporary cultural centers. They also make great places to visit in themselves.

The Electric Cinema, Portobello, London

The Edwardian Baroque style of the Electric Cinema in Notting Hill reflects its long history. The cinema opened in 1910 and was one of the first buildings in Britain to be designed specifically for motion picture exhibition.Today, sixty-five leather armchairs with footstools and side tables provide a great way to sit back and enjoy a movie. 

191 Portobello Road, London

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TCL Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles

The TCL Chinese Theatre, originally called Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, is one of the most famous cinemas in the world and a Los Angeles cultural and historical landmark. Opened in 1927, the theatre has a stunning interior décor and the two giant Heaven Dogs brought from China still guard the theatre’s entrance. The famous Forecourt of the Stars is where legends of the silver screen have left their foot and handprints in the pavement.

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Cineteca Matadero, Madrid

El Matadero is a cultural and contemporary art center housed in what was a livestock market until 1996 and a slaughterhouse before then. The renovation of the site included the use of industrial materials to keep the original character of the premises. Today, the Cineteca is a national hub for Spanish documentary movies and the permanent headquarters of the Documenta Madrid film festival. The Cineteca also has an open-air terrace with multi-purpose functions and space for screenings.

Plaza de Legazpi, 8, Madrid

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Puskin Art Cinema, Budapest

The Puskin Art Cinema has been showing films since 1926. In its heyday, it was one of the largest movie theatres in Europe, and is still worth visiting for its architecture or for a drink in the impressive hall.

Kossuth Lajos utca 18, Budapest

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