Rua da Carioca 49-51,
Rio de Janeiro
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Architects: Paulo de Frontin
Functions: Movies (Adult), Movies (Independent), Movies (Second Run)
Styles: Art Nouveau
The Cine Iris is located in downtown Rio, just to the north of the Cinelandia district. It was opened in 1921, and has seating provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It has an interesting entrance covered by a wide canopy that is beneath an apartment building. The tall lobby area has impressive wrought-iron railings on the staircase that leads to an upper level.
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Here are two photos I took of this theatre in 1994.
LOBBY AND STAIRS
Located in the downtown centre of the city, the Cine Iris is listed in a current gay guide as ‘One of the oldest theatre buildings of Rio – Very cruisy’, and on a web site guide to Rio cinemas as being ‘a classical gem’.
It’s programming tends to be double bills of cult movies, and some hard core sex movies during the daytimes. At weekends it is sometimes taken over by club promotors and used as a ‘rave’ parties venue.
Here is a short clip from Youtube of a party outside the Cine Iris: