Cine Sala Equis

Calle del Duque de Alba 4,
Madrid 28012

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Architects: Saturnino Ulargui Moreno, Manuel Pardo

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Cinematografo Franco-Espanol, Cine Actualidades, Cine Alba, Cine Sala X

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Cine Sala Equis

Designed by architect Manuel Pardo y Perez, the Cinematografo Franco-Espanol was opened on 14th August 1903. In 1934 architect Saturnino Ulargui Moreno remodeled the cinema in an Art Deco style and it re-opened as a newsreel theatre named Cine Actualidades. Seating was provided for 297 in orchestra and balcony levels.

On 21st June 1941 it opened as the Cine Alba screening a feature film from the German film studio Ufa: “Tras las Montanas” (Behind the Mountains) and “Noticiarios” (a newsreel). On 10th March 1986 it became an adult cinema, one of three Cine Sala X that were located in Madrid (there were a chain of eight in the country). I believe that it was video projection in later days and the cinema was popular with straight and to a lesser degree gay men. It was closed in March 2015.

It re-opened as a 64 seat cinema in November 2017, re-named Cine Sala Equis, it plays regular feature films.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

andysmz on August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Still a conventional cinema inside – stalls and circle both open.

andysmz on January 15, 2016 at 10:19 am

Closed March 2015 – this was the last actual porn cinema in Madrid

elmorovivo on May 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

Cine Alba opened in 1941 in the building formerly occupied by the “Impartial” newspaper, built in 1913. At the end of the 1970’s was transformed into a porn cinema and in March 10, 1986, changed its name to Sala X. Closed as a cinema in 2015.

popcorn_pete on October 15, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The building now houses a creative hub known as Sala Equis, completed in November 2017, and contains a 64-seat cinema. When checked ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ was screening at €6.50 a seat. Telephone +34914296686. More here:

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