Bandera esq. Agustinas,
Santiago de Chile
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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.
Firms: Arteaga & Larrain
Styles: Art Deco
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.
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