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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© José Frade

São Jorge Cinema

  • Original Authors:
  • Fernando Silva
  • (1950)

This building is located on the city block that connects Rua do Salitre with Horta da Cera. The structure of the building mirrors the history of the Avenida da Liberdade and the survival or obliteration of the peripheral road system. This movie theatre was built in the late 1940s for the Anglo-Portuguese Society of Cinemas and inaugurated in 1950, with a design by the architect Fernando Silva. From the entrance facing the avenue rises a staircase that leads to the large foyer of the rooms of projection. To the west, there is another entrance at the level of the former Travessa do Moreira, today Largo Jean Monnet. The building underwent some structural changes, namely in the early 1980s, to correspond to the increasing demands of cinematographic distribution and audience management. At the present, São Jorge is a multidisciplinary space dedicated to the presentation of cultural events, but remains Lisbon’s most emblematic cinema.

Avenida da Liberdade, 175
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