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São Jorge Cinema

  • Original Authors:
  • Fernando Silva
  • (1950)

An icon of elegance, São Jorge was the largest cinema in Portugal by the time of its inauguration, in 1950. Designed by Fernando Silva in Art Deco style, it reflected Hollywood’s glamour and served as space for presentations by the Rank Organization, a British film producer. Moving away from the nationalist model, popular in that period’s architecture, this modern building stood out for its boldness and innovation, having been awarded the Municipal Architecture Prize in the very year of its inauguration. In the early 1980s, for profitability reasons, it undergoes a set of changes that involved the subdivision of the large cinema room, of unique monumentality, into three smaller rooms that were opened to the public in 1982. With the arrival of the 21st century, the cinema is acquired by the Municipality of Lisbon with the intention of restoring its status as a grandiose cinema room and a catalyst of the social life of Avenida da Liberdade. In 2007, it goes through another renovation, this time with the objective of benefiting the smaller cinema rooms, allowing for its adaptation to more diversified uses. São Jorge is currently a cultural venue dedicated to cinema, music and the performing arts, hosting an eclectic programme through various seasons.

Avenida da Liberdade, 175
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