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Palacio Balañá
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Architect: Pere Ricart Biot
Interior designer: Antoni Bonamsa
Address: c/ Sant Antoni, 43
Metro: L1 and L5, Plaça de Sants / Bus: Lines 30, 215 and all Lines to Sants Estació
T/F:93 411 02 31 / 93 411 02 31 (spanish)
Ticket reservation: or 902 42 42 43
Opening times: see movie listings
Capacity: 1600

Attention! Closed from june 2001 because of modification into a multiplex cinema.
In 1965 Don Pedro Balañá, the head of the Grup Balañá, made one of his dreams come true. He had the architects Peret Ricart Biot build the Palacio Balañá; movie house in the area near Sants main station. It was the most modern cinema in Europe at that time. The left-hand third of the building contained a generously-dimensioned entrance lobby, and on the second floor there was an interval room of just the same size, with an interminable bar. Modern materials such as steel, glass, and cleverly positioned lights were used in its construction. The lights manufactured for the main stairs by the Italian firm of Venini Murano should not be missed. The external facade, decorated with white geometrical modules, gives one a clue as to what awaits inside: a movie auditorium in space. It really is like sitting in some massive UFO with a view of outer space, in which the massive screen can be seen hovering.

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