Teatro Riachuelo Rio

Rua do Passeio 38-40,
Rio de Janeiro 20021

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Architects: Mathias Ferreira, Adolfo Morales

Functions: Live Theatre

Styles: Art Deco, Moorish

Previous Names: Palacio Teatro, Cine Palacio

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 2199.566.7469
Manager: 213.554.2934

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Cine Palacio

Located in the central Cinelandia district of Rio de Janeiro. The Palacio Teatro opened in 1890, designed by architect Adolfo Morales. It has a beautiful Moorish style façade, and this style of decoration possibly extended inside the building originally. In 1929 it was reconstructed to the plans of architect Mathias Ferreira and the auditorium was given an Art Deco style. Seating was provided in orchestra and two balcony levels. It re-opened on 29th June 1929 with Charles King in “Melodia da Broadway” (Broadway Melody of 1929).

By 1944 it was playing 20th Century Fox films exclusively, and the Cine Palacio was the first cinema in Rio de Janeiro to be equipped with CinemaScope, when “The Robe” was presented. In later years it was twinned, and the façade was covered with metal sheeting. It was closed in the mid-2000’s.

In 2011, the building stood empty and unused, and is protected by the Mayor of the city, which stops any development, demolition or alterations. Since closing the façade has been renovated and an earlier marquee and signage dating from the twinning have been removed.

It was restored and reopened in August 2016 as a live theatre named Teatro Riachuelo Rio.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Historic and recent photographs of the Cine Palacio here:
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Photographed at night in May 2007, just prior to closing:
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A street view in May 2007:
Photographed closed in October 2009:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm

A vintage photograph of the Cine Palacio in 1981, showing the facade covered over, in an attempt to give a modern look to the building:

AndreasP on June 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Re-opened in 2016 as a live theatre, “Teatro Riachuelo Rio”.

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