City Lights Cinema

Triq San Gwann,
Valletta VLT 09

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Functions: Movies (Adult)

Previous Names: Capitol Cinema

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City Lights Cinema

This is the only adult movie theatre operating in Malta. It is located on St. John Street within the small City Lights Arcade in the ancient part of the city. The City Lights Cinema uses the former balcony seating area of the Capitol Cinema.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 24, 2006 at 7:46 am

A night-time photograph of the City Lights Cinema here:

Ian on May 24, 2008 at 5:23 am

The City Lights Cinema is location in part of the balcony of the former 1930’s Capitol Cinema. All of Valletta’s old cinemas have closed, this may be the one with any of the original decor surviving as the rest (Savoy, Embassy, Coliseum and Imperial) have either been completely demolished or totally gutted inside.

Ian on June 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Exterior photo of the City Lights cinema in May 2008 here:–

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DavidSimpson on June 28, 2012 at 1:30 am

I visited the City Lights during the CTA visit to Malta in May 2012. ‘Divina’, an Italian sex film (softcore version) was playing on a loop. The friendly proprietor allowed me to take photos!

tommmyp on February 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I visited Valletta three times in 1968-69 with the US Navy. I recall seeing movies in an old building where the theater was on the second floor and seating was folding chairs. Does anyone here know what its name was and does it still exist? I remember seeing Peter Sellers in “A Shot in the Dark” and Gary Cooper in “High Noon” in that theater. Tom in Texas

DavidSimpson on February 18, 2018 at 2:31 am

While on holiday in Malta in February 2018 I was pleased, but not a little surprised, in these days of the internet, to find that the City Lights is still operating, showing softcore adult films throughout the day. Not only that, but, having been re-acquainted with the owner, I was delighted when he proudly showed me the Cinema Bar he has constructed in an adjacent, ground floor space, which, I gathered, only opened very recently. The seating consists of old tip-up cinema seats, and films are shown on a drop-down screen. This is a very imaginative use of this space, and I wished him well with this additional venture.

Hamish on April 4, 2018 at 6:46 am

i have visited a few times,always upstairs, i see a previous comment about a new bar as well, a good idea and use of space.Glad it is still open and hope to visit again soon, always an interesting visit !

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