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Architects: Arturo Oliver Cedeno
Previous Names: Gran Cinema Teatro Elizondo
Opened on 10th September 1945 with Maria Felix in “Dona Barbara” (the planned opening film was Loretta Young & Alan Ladd in “China”, but the print didn’t arrive at the theatre in time). Cantinflas & Maria Felix were among the many stars appearing ‘in person’ at the inauguration. The Gran Cinema Teatro Elizondo was one of many spectacular cinemas to open in Mexico. The building was designed by architect Aturo Oliver Cedeno and the exterior was in an Art Deco style. Seating was provided on orchestra and balcony levels in the auditorium which was decorated in an eleborate Atmospheric/Indo-Chinese style, the work of interior designer Don Jesus Diaz Jimenez who collaborated with the artist Pedro Martinez.
It was closed in 1978 and demolished in 1982 and the site is now the Fountain of Neptune in the Macroplaza, the largest public square in Latin America.
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