Salone Margherita

via dei Due Macelli 75,
Rome 00187

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Teatro Salone Margherita (Official)

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Functions: Live Theater

Styles: Art Nouveau

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 3906.679.8269

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Salone Margherita

The Salone Margherita may be the most beautiful theatre in Rome. This jewel box opened in 1898 as a “cafe' chantant” or music hall theater and was named in honor of Margherita di Savoia, Italy’s first queen, the wife of the then-current monarch, Umberto I. It describes itself as being in the “liberty style” of post-unification Italy, which exuded a kind of grandiose but intimate “belle epoque” plushness. (The theatre’s website includes a marvelous 360-degree view of the auditorium which has seating in orchestra and balcony levels.)

Over its initial decades, the theatre showcased some of the most famous class-act variety performers of the era, including the comics Pasquariello and Petrolini. By 1940 it was used at times as an art-house type cinema, often filling in the periods between stage engagements.

It is now considered one of Rome’s most important venues for live theatre. The theatre, which has been declared “a monument of national interest” by the Italian government, is located just a short distance down the street from the famous Spanish Steps.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2004 at 7:34 pm

In September of 1970 I saw the film “Don Giovanni” of Carmelo Bene here. It was an avant-garde work by that idiosyncratic/hermetic Italian director.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2019 at 10:35 pm

This was one of the three Roman cinemas that ran the Roman premiere of the 1948 Anna Magnani film “Assunta Spina” on March 29.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 23, 2019 at 11:50 am

On May 18, 1940, this cinema was showing the French film “Paradiso perduto” (Paradis perdu) with Micheline Presle and Fernand Gravey, plus an unnamed documentary, according to an Il Messaggero listing.

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