Old cinema in Figueres opens its doors again
Up and running after almost two decades of unuse, Las Vegas Cinema was restored by award-winning Catalan director Ventura Pons
There’s something nostalgic and compelling about an old movie theater, giving a window onto all that cinema has meant to viewers throughout the years. Now, a vintage cinema in Figueres, in northern Catalonia, opens its doors again, after 18 years.
The cinema is called Las Vegas and the man behind its restoration is award-winning Catalan filmmaker Ventura Pons. The curtain goes up the evening of Friday, April 6, with a showing of Pons’ new film, ‘Miss Dalí.’ The movie shows the life of Salvador’s Dalí lesser-known muse, his sister, a woman native to Figueres itself. Inasmuch, Pons stated that this is a “very important” day for the town. Meanwhile, Figueres mayor Marta Felip said they foresee the space becoming a fulcrum to make the city more “dynamic.”
The cinema will re-open completely on April 20, showing films in Catalan and in original language with subtitles, with a capacity of almost 800. The Figueres Town Hall is set to own the space, and to have it be managed by Pons. The Las Vegas will also work like Pons’ other low cost cinemas, such as the Texas in Barcelona and the AlbaTexas in València. Indeed, to celebrate its maiden voyage, tickets to the films shown on the first weekend of its opening are free.