Spazio Etoile

Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina 41,
Rome 00186

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Architects: Marcello Piacentini

Functions: Movies, Retail

Previous Names: Cinema Teatro Corso, Etoile Cine

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Spazio Etoile

In 1900, the Lumiere Brothers screened films in the Lux et Umbra, located in the courtyard of Palazzo Ruspolo Roe, overlooking the Via del Corso. In 1915 it had been such a success that work began on enlarging the building to the plans of famous architect Marcello Piacentini.

It opened with 1,300 seats in 1919 as the Cinema Teatro Corso. In later years it was known as the Etoile Cine and this closed in 1999.

By 2008, it had been refurbished and re-named Spazio Etoile, in use as a special events and conference venue. However this was not to last long, and the building was closed by 2009. In December 2009, work commenced to convert the building into a private club. Conversion work was continuing in July 2010. In 2012 it was converted into a Louis-Vuitton store. There are 19 cinema seats which shoppers can use to view short movies by renown directors.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Two photographs of the Etoile Cine in 2000 and 2008:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 16, 2019 at 3:21 am

Saw “Ultimo tango a Parigi” (“Last Tango in Paris”) here in February 1973 in a smoky theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2019 at 2:08 pm

“Riso amaro” (Bitter Rice) with Silvana Mangano opened here and at the Capitol on December 6, 1949.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 3:10 am

The then-new Italian release “Il segreto di Villa Paradiso” with Luisa Ferida and Mino Doro was playing on May 18, 1940, according to a listing in Il Messaggero. Four shows, starting about every two hours, from 4:30 P.M. to 10:15 P.M. Almost no cinemas in Italy had showings that began earlier than 4 P.M.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 5:07 am

On December 6, 1949 the film Riso amaro (Bitter Rice) opened here and at the Cinema Capitol.

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