Cines santiaguinos: Aportes a un espacio público singular1

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Like what happened in other Latin American capitals, Santiago cinema venues were built with a novel architecture: the cinema-palace. Curiously, this array of remarkable buildings exclusively devoted to the screening of films was in contrast to the growing trend of shopping centers that, in the mid-20th century, included another type of theater. This involved a mutation process of the imposing palatial masses, since the cinemas in interior passages were retracted, integrating themselves into the peculiar public space of closed routes. The so-called cinema-gallery, with less surface area and audience capacity, developed remarkable formal qualities under the idea of an “investment building”. This article discusses examples that show that this street “concealment” brought together a valuable set of venues in the city’s historic quarter, and helped consolidate a shopping phenomenon of block movements: the shopping galleries in Santiago, where, in addition to shopping, you could "watch movies."

Título traducido de la contribuciónSantiago cinemas: Contributions to a unique public space
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)98-105
Número de páginas8
EstadoPublicada - 2021

Palabras clave

  • Cinema
  • Downtown
  • Movies
  • Shopping

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Arquitectura
  • Estudios urbanos


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