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Turin Cinemas And Theaters, Italy
The first colossal, Cabiria (1914), the making of which took more than one year and included truly innovative special effects for its time, was filmed in Turin. Turin is still a leader in many television and film productions. Let's start with two poetic animated films by Turin's Lanterna Magica production company: "The Little Seagull and the Cat", directed by Enzo D'Alò and based on a work by Luis Sepulveda, and the delicate "La Freccia Azzurra" (The Blue Arrow), based on a tale by Gianni Rodari.
As for Turin as a film location, the city can be really considered an open-air film set: of note are the Mini memorable car chase scene in "The Italian Job"; "Deep Red" - Dario Argento's horror masterpiece - "After Midnight" by Dario Ferrario with the enchanting night settings at the Mole Antonelliana and "The Sunday Woman" directed by Luigi Comencini, a classic based on the book by Fruttero&Lucentini that takes us to a "clammy and deserted Turin" in the seventies, investigating a murder. Most film productions are attracted to the city thanks to the efforts of the Turin Piedmont Film Commission (www.fctp.it), that promotes Turin and Piedmont as locations, as well as the Cineporto, the modern movie citadel opened in 2009 after the conversion of the Cologno cotton factory.
In fact, there's something for everybody: from innovative 3D multiplex theaters like the vast Pathé Multiplex in the Lingotto area (via Nizza 230, www.pathe.it), to the numerous art film theaters downtown. Three of these are worth mentioning since, while awaiting the film to start, you can have a cocktail, buy books and gadgets like t-shirts or DVDs: Ambrosio Cinecafé (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 52, in front of the Porta Nuova station), with a veg friendly restaurant, the three theaters at Fratelli Marx (Corso Belgio 53, www.fratellimarx.it) and 2 Giardini Arthouse (Via Monfalcone 62, www.2giardini.it).
Also try the sensorial experience at the Arena Metropolis in viale Boiardo 24, which combines an outdoor summer cinema with 3D movies and a thrilling audio system.
The city's film scene is also enlivened by important events. In addition to the highly acclaimed Turin Film Festival (www.torinofilmfest.org), events like the International CinemAmbiente Festival (www.cinemambiente.it), organized by the association of the same name in association with Turin's National Film Museum, are held in the city. Another leading event is the Turin International GLBT Film Festival (www.tglff.com), an international film festival dedicated to gay themes or "Magnifiche Visioni" at the Cinema Massimo, a permanent festival of restored films. This theater, located in Via Verdi 18, also shows films in their original language with Italian subtitles.
Turin boasts a magnificent theatrical offer, including large productions and spectacular stages, but also lesser known small companies, events and festivals in addition to research labs and study centers that work with leading modern figures.
So let's take a look at the so-called "big": The Regio Theater (Piazza Castello 215, www.teatroregio.torino.it), Turin's legendary institution, offers a prestigious line up of opera, ballet and concerts in addition to the more accessible program at the Piccolo Regio, dedicated to the new public and families.
The Stabile Theater foundation (Piazza Carignano 6, www.teatrostabiletorino.it), at the Carignano, Limone, Gobetti and Cavallerizza, provides a captivating line-up of shows and the prose festival.
Torino Spettacoli (TS) joins together the Alfieri, Erba and Gioiello theaters. The Alfieri Theater, whose renovated historic building is located in Piazza Solferino 4, is one of the nation's finest theaters for quality and variety: Italian thespians, from Erminio Macario to Vittorio Gassman, Walter Chiari and Ugo Tognazzi, have all performed there. The Erba Theater, located in Corso Moncalieri 241, on the banks of the Po river, is a multiplex theater teeming with activity: from theater to art shows and even an art film marathon, classic shows and Para-psychological happenings. Lastly, the Gioiello Theater, in Via Colombo 31, is new, highly popular and offers an international playbill (handicap accessible).