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© Fernando Viana
© Fernando Viana

Incrível Almadense

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  • (1925)

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The auditorium of the Philharmonic Society Incrível Almadense was inaugurated in 1925 and was a stage for strong social, political, and cultural interventions in Almada. It is the oldest cultural association in the city and remains inserted in the historic centre. The auditorium displays a modernist facade and was the first building in the municipality dedicated to cinema screenings. It stands as a major testimony in the history of cinema in Portugal, namely in the process of building regional cinema-theatres according to a typology developed mainly in the 1940s. In 1931, the space underwent profound transformations with the adoption of two lateral aisles. It was expanded again in 1944 and 1954 and in 1961 with the installation of the cinemascope. There was another renovation in 1983, but in the late 1980s the movie-theatre was closed. Presently, the auditorium has been converted into a theatre and concert hall and was listed as a monument of municipal interest in 2020.

Rua Capitão Leitão, 1, Almada
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