Harnet Avenue, 176-21 Street,
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Architects: Mario Messina
Styles: Streamline Moderne
This stunning example of Art Moderne architecture opened in 1938. Its soaring facade has been a landmark of downtown Asmara since it was built by the colonial Italian Fascist regime, who rebuilt the sleepy little town from the late 19th century until the 1940’s into the administrative center of their Eritea colony in various styles, from Romanesque to Moderne, many which still survive today, like the large Cinema Impero.
The theater is still open, showing mostly American and European movies, long after their original runs, although no longer on film. The images are projected from DVD these days.
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