sábado, 1 de agosto de 2009


Por: Lázaro Sarmiento

Las puertas de estos antiguos cines de La Habana nunca volverán a abrirse al público de las películas. Sus proyectores hace tiempo dejaron de lanzar esa  lluvia de meteoritos que al chocar en la pantalla se convierte en personajes y paisajes. Detrás de sus paredes nada queda de “la vida interior” de los espectadores que colmaban la platea y el balcony en sus momentos de gloria. Sus butacas y la densa oscuridad sirvieron de pequeños escenarios para primeros atrevimientos, amores felices, travesuras y promesas tan verdaderas como las historias que contaban los filmes. Y no estoy seguro de que haya fantasmas que habiten estos edificios, algunos heridos de muerte para siempre, otros convertidos en locales para nuevas funciones.

De estas fachadas, la mejor conservada es la del antiguo cine Universal, en la calle Egido. Esta sala tenía 1048 butacas (izquierda). El local acoge en la actualidad a un grupo infantil de teatro.

¿Qué hacemos con estas fachadas?

Antiguo cine NEPTUNO, en Neptuno no. 507 ( 800 butacas)

En la calle Consulado estaban los cines MAJESTIC (1110 butacas) y el VERDUN ( 350 butacas)

DUPLEX (500 butacas) y REX CINEMA (750 butacas) en la calle San Rafael

El antiguo cine NORMA (820 butacas) en la Calzada de Luyanó. Como otros de su época, imitaba la fachada de los teatros.

El cine teatro CAMPOAMOR ( 1082 butacas) en la esquina de Industria y San José

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  1. Hola, tienes un premio para retirar en mi blog. Un Abrazo!

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  2. La fachada de la calle Egido, a la derecha del cine Universal, es puramente Cordobesa, arabigo-andaluza, sus arcos y detalles arquitectónicos son propios de la cultura morisca en Córdoba, mi ciudad.

  3. Lázaro, ¿viste el Megano en mi tendedera? penoso, viejo, que todo este derrumbe también sepulte nuestros recuerdos

  4. Imágenes de nostalgia muy bien logradas . Felicitaciones, desde la Provincia de Buenos Aires . He sido operador de cine por 30 años.
    Cordial Saludo

  5. Amigo argentino,le invidio pues me hubiera gustad por un tiempo ser operador en una sala de cine y observar al público desde el lugar de donde salen las películas.

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