Cinema and Theater, Madrid!!!

The cultural offering in Madrid is awesome on all levels not just the museum triangle; it is all over the city. There is no day that goes by without an opportunity to see something different for the night owls of the arts and cinema. Cinema is a craze for us we love it and go to them in force even in the times of digital techno advances.

Madrid has kept some of its jewels going on for years with great efforts and to be worthy of recogntion; we need to protect our cultural heritage or patrimonio cultural.  I have been to them at least once especially the cinemas and even thus time not permitted to see functions in them this time, I like to give them credit for what they are , a cultural wonderful part of my beloved Madrid.

The following are those still standing from my youthful time there and worth visiting; Cine Dore, Cine Ideal and Teatro Calderon!

The Cine Dore is a movie theater since 1923. Since 1989, it houses the Filmoteca Española official screening rooms, organizes conferences, distributes old and foreign films in its original version and has a specialized bookshop. The Spanish Cinematheque or Filmoteca Española is an institution of the Spanish Ministry of Culture responsible for the preservation of Spanish film heritage. Its mission is to recover research and preserve the film heritage and promote it.

The Cine Dore was inaugurated on 19 December 1912 at Calle Santa Isabel , No. 3, behind  the Plaza Antón Martin, at the back of the Parish Church of St. Salvador and San Nicholas. It could accommodate up to 1,250 spectators and included a ground floor, two upper floors, a garden and a smoking lounge.

The existence of the Cine Dore was called into question by the decline of the district of Anton Martin, which ended up losing its main functions and was reduced to a set of services: markets, cinema, etc. From the 1930s, the Cine Doré became a room where success was repeated, with 2 daily sessions. Until its closure in 1963, it was a neighborhood cinema, better known as “Palacio de las Pipas” or palace of the smoking pipes.

In 1982, the Madrid City Council decided to acquire the Cine Dore as a building of architectural and environmental interest to be conserved. After its purchase by the Madrid City Council and the signing of a transfer agreement to the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Cine Doré is chosen to serve as a permanent location for screenings of the Spanish Cinematheque.

More info in Spanish from the ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain here: Offical Culture and Sports Ministry of Spain on the Cine Dore of Madrid


The Cine Ideal , officially Yelmo Cines Ideal, is located in the Calle del Doctor Cortezo, near the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente. It is one of the oldest cinemas with permanent character of the Spanish capital. It was inaugurated on May 10, 1916. However, its current appearance hardly remembers the original. It had capacity for almost three thousand spectators. The neighboring Teatro Calderón (see below) had not yet been inaugurated, which it would do a year later

In 1932 the Cine Ideal was adapted to perform theatrical performances, specializing in zarzuelas and musical shows. Unfortunately, over the decades, the one that was presented in 1916 as “the most modern coliseum in Madrid” ended up declining and presenting symptoms of ruin. It’s last years were spent programming night marathons of fantasy and horror movies.

In 1990 the Cine Ideal  was acquired by the company Yelmo Cines, which completely reformed it to transform it into a complex of eight mini salons with a another one opened in 1996, specialized in the original version. It retains beautiful stained glass windows, restored in 2002, attributed to the Maumejean factory. It is an allegory of the cinema, in the form of a mysterious person who rests his face on a lit projector, flanked by peacocks and garlands.

The programming of movies is here in Spanish: Official Yelmo Cines on Cine Ideal Madrid


The Teatro Calderón (theater) is located at Calle de Atocha no 18 , just in front of Plaza Jacinto Benavente. On June 18, 1917, the Odeón Theater was inaugurated, today known as Calderón. It is surely one of the most beautiful buildings in the center of Madrid, both for its exterior architecture and for interior decoration. Good to take a peek if open for the decorations if no time for a program, we were passing by with the boys.

It has capacity for more than a thousand spectators. It occupies part of the site of the former Convent of the Trinitarios Calzados (footed Trinitarians). A year after its inauguration, it was transferred to the Centro de Hijos de Madrid (center of Sons of Madrid), and began to be known as Teatro del Centro (theater of the Center). It changed its  owner and name again in 1927. Being owned by the Duke of the Infantado, it finally became the Teatro Calderón.

Because of its great capacity, rather than the technical conditions of the stage,the Teatro Calderon has been a theater for lyrical shows for almost all its history. During the Second Republic it was an opera house and after the Spanish Civil War it was the favorite scene of the zarzuela lyric artists. The zarzuela has also been an intermittent constant of its programming. It also hosted the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, it regularly programs large national and international musical shows. In 2012, the Caser Calderón Theater was renamed, by the Caser insurance company (its current owners).

Official Teatro Calderon

Tourist office of Madrid on the Teatro Calderon


And once again some marvels of my Madrid to enjoy its cultural side with the whole family. Hope you enjoy the trio of Dore, Ideal and Calderon, for me memories forever and hoping they do keep opens for eternity!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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2 Comments to “Cinema and Theater, Madrid!!!”

  1. Great and informative post. Will definitely include these places when I get to visit Madrid someday.

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