Everybody in Madrid, who knows Luis Buñuel, Luis García Berlanga or later Pedro Almodóvar, among many of course, will also know about Cine Doré. It was built in the early 20th century and it maintains that same style. You cannot walk by it without noticing its remarkable terracotta façade, illuminated by cryptic lights. The interior simply could not be more Spanish. The floor and parts of the walls are covered in ceramic tiles and there is a predominance of blue. The lobby is built into a traditional Spanish patio, covered by a roof, with a staircase leading to the first floor from the centre. There is a bar in the lobby and quite some tables. Everything is simple but magical. In one corner you will also find a tiny bookshop mainly selling literature about the art of cinema.
It is a nice place to wait for a show, having a cup of coffee, knowing that the best moment is still to come; not just anywhere, but in a magnificent movie theatre. I won’t bore you with details, so you can be amazed, when you see it.
The program is changing every month and usually includes several cycles based on a specific topic, director or a film movement.
Cine Doré forms a part of Spanish Cinematheque, which enriches the program with movies from its broad arsenal. To give you some examples: I have seen there Allens’ Manhattan, Kaurismäkis’ Lights in the Dusk, some of French contemporary cinema and so on.