Birger Jarlsgatan 37,
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Folkets Bio (Official)
Operated by: Folkets Bio
Previously operated by: Ri-Teatrarna
Architects: Frithiof Ekman, Georg Hagstrom
Functions: Movies (Independent)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Vinterpalatset, Gyllene Goken, Biografen Rita, Nya Rita
A small independent cinema in the centre of Stockholm a few doors down from the Biografen Sture. Biografen Zita is the only cinema in Stockholm to have a bar.
Opened as the Vinterpalatset (Winter Palace) on 10th September 1913, it had a seating capacity for 424. From 26th February 1914, it was re-named Gyllene Goken (Golden Cuckoo), but under new owners in August 1915, it became the Winter Palace again.
It underwent some reconstruction in 1930 and re-opened as the Biografen Rita and from 1965 the Nya Ritz. From 2nd April 1984, it was re-named Biografen Zita and became an adult porn cinema, which closed in 1991.
Re-opened on 2nd April 1993 as a 3-screen cinema, its programme is based on foreign language, documentaries and it also screens seasons of short films free of charge during the summer months! (according to Time Out)
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daytime exterior shot from august 2009
and the lobby with a great deco speaker on the wall (top left)
The “great deco speaker” bears the logo of Philips, the giant electrical company. It is rather magnificent isn’t it?