Cinema Farnese

Piazza Campo de' Fiori 56,
Rome 00186

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 3:40 am

On May 18, 1940 the Farnese was running a fine double bill of then-current Italian films: “Il ponte dei sospiri” with Erminio Spalla and “Manon Lescaut” with Alida Valli, plus a LUCE short. Per Il Messaggero listings.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 17, 2019 at 3:31 am

I saw Marco Ferreri’s film “Dillinger e' morto” here on September 4, 1970.

DavidSimpson on August 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Cinema Farnese appeared in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy ‘From Rome With Love’ (2012).

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

The Cinema Farnese photographed in July 2007:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 3, 2008 at 1:07 pm

A photograph of the Cinema Farnese in early 2008. The facade has since been smartened up, under new owners:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 31, 2005 at 12:01 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Cinema Farnese. It is currently shuttered, and a sign on the front tells of the conflicting interests of developers who wasnt to convert it to ther uses and those who want to maintain this now historic venue as an entertainment site. The Rome newspaper still lists the theatre daily with the phrase “prossima riapertura” or “soon to re-open.” But it doesn’t seem so.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 26, 2004 at 10:58 am

I just found a fascinating little wallet-size flyer from October, 1970 that was issued by the Farnese. It refers to itself as the “Farnese – petit d'essai”, French for “little art house” and adds “nel cuore della vecchia Roma”—–“in the heart of old Rome.” The flyer asserts that the cinema was at the time aligned with AIACE, Associazione Italiana del Cinema d'Essai or Italian Association of Art Cinemas. Upcoming series planned for the cinema were listed. Among them were: Aspects of Italian cinema of yesterday and today (15 films), Power and repression in the trilogy of M. Jancso (3 films), Some problems of South America (3 films), Homage to Akira Kurosawa (3 films) Swedish Cinema Week (7 films). Admission prices were 300 liras (general), 200 liras (AIACE members) or from 30 to 50 cents, from what I can remember of exchange rates at the time.

Can any Roman film buffs or others acquainted with the history of this interesting theatre in its magnificent historic location provide further information?