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The architecture of cinema in San Sebastian

Cinema has originally occupied a frontier place. From the urban point of view, cinema comes to the city in the form of ephemeral construction that is formalized in a tent where you can see moving images. It occupies the outskirts of the city temporarily and ends up joining the city overlapping and overflowing the theatrical architecture. After 125 years of history, when cinema can be viewed individually anywhere, cinematographic spaces seem to be in crisis. 

This exhibition consists of a historical tour of the spaces dedicated to the cinema of Donostia-San Sebastián. From the first cinematographers installed in the fairs of Amara or in the cafes of the Boulevard to the large multiplexes that are currently under construction, passing through references such as the Palacio Bellas Artes or the Astoria. 

The historical study that is presented is the starting point to reflect on the spaces that cinema needs today and wants to reflect on questions such as these: Has cinema as a collective experience ceased to make sense? What are the aspects that a room offers so that the public comes to it? Why do festivals work so well? What strategy should the rooms of the future follow? Does it have to be a stable typology or can it occupy urban spaces temporarily and return to being an ephemeral typology?

Organizer: Architecture School of UPV/EHU

Collaborator: Elias Querejeta Film School


Ekain Olaizola


23-11-2021 / 30-11-2021


Tuesday to Friday: 17:00 - 20:00

Saturday: 11:00 - 14:00 y 17:00 - 20:00

Sunday: 11:00 - 14:00


The Programme is being prepared