Cinema Olympia

Rua dos Condes 13,
Lisbon 1200

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Styles: Art Nouveau

Previous Names: Cinema Olimpia

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Cinema Olympia

Located just off the main Avenida de Liberdade in the heart of the city centre entertainment area, the Cinema Olympia is across the street from the former Condes Cinema (now a Hard Rock Cafe).

It opened in 1911 and appears to remain intact although currently in a run-down condition, and by 2003 was known to attract a gay male audience (according to a gay guide book).

Inside there is a large foyer (for a cinema of this era) and a rather austere auditorium that has plain wooden backed seats (probably not original, but not far off). Exit doors open straight onto the street.

The Cinema Olympia was closed in 2004.

Any further information on this historic cinema would be appreciated.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Pauliano on September 6, 2005 at 11:33 pm

Olympia closed last year, and the firm who has been exploring it for something like 40 years, sold the quota to a show-bussiness man, expert in music-hall (actualy, he explores Politeama – the owners are the same of Olympia’s), who started some recovering works, in view to explore Olympia as a repertoire theatre. Unfortunately, costs raised a lot than the expected and he is trying to get some financial support from third parts till now. Olympia is waiting.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2008 at 5:38 am

The entrance to the Cinema Olimpia, photographed in October 2008:

Ian on October 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

The Olympia was directly behind the Condes, not across the street.

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