Metro Cinema

26 Safiya Zaghloul Street, Mihatit Al-Raml,

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: John J. McNamara, Gaston Rossi

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 2003.487.0432
Manager: .483.7094

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Metro Cinema

One of the major cinemas of downtown Alexandria, the Metro Cinema opened in 1949 with Esther Williams in “Neptune’s Daughter”. Seating is provided for 936 Stalls and 592 Balcony. It was built for and initially operated by Loew’s M.G.M. and was equipped with air conditioning.

It is used as a venue for the International Film Festival, which is held every September.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 8, 2007 at 8:28 am

Here is a vintage photograph of the Metro Cinema. It was taken by Cinema Theatre Association member John Leach in 1982:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 8, 2007 at 9:46 am

I wonder if this Metro was designed by profilic American architect Thomas W. Lamb (as he also designed the Metro Cinema in Cairo).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 9, 2010 at 4:47 am

According to Boxoffice of May 7, 1949, the architect of the Metro was John J. McNamara, with Cairo architect Gaston Rossi as associate. The Boxoffice item said that Loews also operate a Metro Theatre in Cairo, which had opened in 1940.

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