Cine Metro

Bandera esq. Agustinas,
Santiago de Chile

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: Jorge Arteaga Isaza, Sergio Larrain Garcia-Moreno

Firms: Arteaga & Larrain

Styles: Art Deco

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Escenario del Cine METRO de Santiago de Chile, arquitectos Jorge Arteaga y Sergio Larrain GM

Loew’s International Inc. opened this MGM showcase theatre in 1936. The Cine Metro was a first run movie theater for MGM. Clark Gable, in person, was the main guest, among many other personalities at the inauguration ceremony. Cine Metro had seating for 940 in the orchestra lavel and one balcony which seated 888. It was modern and simply decorated in an Art Deco style. It was very comfortable, but not luxurious. It was a great theater, but without the grandeur of other movie palaces, although it was for many decades the flagship of MGM in Chile.

It is remarkable that the Cine Metro showed first run films its entire life, despite declining attendance beginning in the 1960’s. In 1979, after 40 years of successful operation, the Cine Metro was closed and razed, a victim of real estate speculation. Only the facade still remains.

Contributed by Carlos Stoeckel

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

irishcine on January 26, 2009 at 6:08 am

There is a brief exterior clip of a Cine Metro in Santiago early on in the Fitzpatrick Travelogue “Chile, Land of Charm” from MGM.

This is available to view on the TCM website, but is dated 1937. It seems to match the description above, could the opening date have been earlier?

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on April 29, 2009 at 8:40 am

Here’s a link to the above video

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Cine Metro was actually built in 1936. It was designed by architects Jorge Arteaga Isaza and Sergio Larrain Garcia-Moreno. I’ve been unable to discover if Larrain was the father of the noted Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain, born at Santiago in 1931, but I suspect that he was.

Source (a large .pdf file of an essay on modern architecture in Chile.)

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