Cine Sala Equis
Calle del Duque de Alba 4,
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Cine Sala Equis (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Cinematografo Franco-Espanol, Cine Actualidades, Cine Alba, Cine Sala X
Designed by architect Manuel Pardo y Perez, the Cinematografo Franco-Espanol was opened on 14th August 1903. In 1934 architect Saturnino Ulargui Moreno remodeled the cinema in an Art Deco style and it re-opened as a newsreel theatre named Cine Actualidades. Seating was provided for 297 in orchestra and balcony levels.
On 21st June 1941 it opened as the Cine Alba screening a feature film from the German film studio Ufa: “Tras las Montanas” (Behind the Mountains) and “Noticiarios” (a newsreel). On 10th March 1986 it became an adult cinema, one of three Cine Sala X that were located in Madrid (there were a chain of eight in the country). I believe that it was video projection in later days and the cinema was popular with straight and to a lesser degree gay men. It was closed in March 2015.
It re-opened as a 64 seat cinema in November 2017, re-named Cine Sala Equis, it plays regular feature films.
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