Cinema Ariston 2

Via del Corso e Piazza Colonna,
Rome 00187

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Nouveau

Previous Names: Cinema Teatro Galleria

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Cinema Ariston 2

Long called the Cinema Teatro Galleria it was located in the Galleria Colonna on Via del Corso at the Piazza Colonna. Renamed Galleria Alberto Sordi in 2003 after the Roman actor who had begun his career in its theatre, the Teatro Galleria, which was also to become a popular first run cinema. The Galleria or shopping arcade in which the theatre was located was built in 1922 and designed in an Art Nouveau style by architect Dario Carbone. It was still open in 1970. In recent years a Feltrinelli bookstore has replaced the former cinema-theatre.

The Ariston 2 was named this to distinguish it from the Cinema Ariston located on Via Cicerone.

Contributed by Gerald DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 20, 2019 at 5:05 am

The acclaimed neorealist film “Vivere in pace” (To Live in Peace) by Luigi Zampa opened here on March 17, 1947 as well as at the Adriano and Rivoli.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 20, 2019 at 5:08 am

On August 27, 1970 I saw the popular hit “Metello” with Massimo Ranieri in this cinema when it was called the Galleria.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 4:11 am

On May 18, 1940, according to a listing in Il Messaggero, the French film “Verso la vita” (Jean Renoir’s “Les Bas-Fonds” or “The Lower Depths,” with Jean Gabin) was playing here. Renoir’s pacifist film “Grand Illusion” was banned from Italian commercial showings, though it had appeared at the Venice Film Festival the year it came out. Also on the program were the customary LUCE documentaries and newsreels.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 22, 2019 at 7:47 am

Rossellini’s “Desiderio” (a.k.a. “Woman”) opened here and at the Rivoli on August 9, 1946.

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