Cinemas, theater and Lottery! Madrid of course!

And moving right along on my sublime visit to my beloved Madrid and a supercharge charge for the rest of the year I come to you back with some artsy places of old that still looks good. I will go brief because the idea is for you to see them and enjoy them as much as my family has over the years. Let me tell you a bit on the Cines Callao, Cine Capitol, Theater Alcazar and the lottery master Doña Manolita!

The Cines Callao cinema is located in the Plaza del Callao, built in 1926. It is next to the Carrión building, separated from it by the Calle Jacometrezo street. The building was inaugurated as a movie theater on December 11, 1926, broadcasting the movie Luis Candelas, the bandit of Madrid. Together with the cinemas of the Palacio de la Prensa they form Callao City Lights. These cinemas host numerous premieres, and other events.

The building presents academic tendencies with a certain Spanish neo-baroque aftertaste and in its interior decoration Viennese and Art Deco suggestions. Its terrace is designed to broadcast outdoor film sessions. The basement of the building was thought to house a Café or Cabaret, although later it was adapted to the old Xenon nightclub, now closed.

Currently two large digital screens hide elements of its facades, such as three large windows and some oculus. Some sculptures and other original decorative elements, which can be seen in old photographs, have also disappeared. Its corner is crowned by a tower as a lighthouse. On June 13, 1929, the first sound and spoken film released in Spain was screened in this cinema: The jazz singer.

Official Cines Callao


The Cine Capitol cinema is a movie theater located on Gran Vía nº 41. Located in the Carrión building (sometimes called the Capitol building). It was inaugurated on December 2, 1933.

Inside, the marble elements stood out. Outside, the marble, the polished granite, the blue stone of Murcia are combined at the entrance. During the Spanish Civil War, Soviet films were distributed, the first Russian film distributed by Film Popular was The Sailors of Kronstadt (1936) by Russian director Yefim Dzigan, which was released in the rooms of the Capitol cinema on October 18, 1936.

Official Cine Capitol Gran Via


The  Teatro Alcazar theater (formerly called Palacio de los Recreos or recreation palace and Teatro Alkázar theater) is a theater hall on Calle de Alcalá 20 inaugurated in 1925, on the ruins of the old Trianón Palace.

The luxurious theater was inaugurated on January 27, 1925 with the performances of the operetta Madame Pompadour of Leo Fall and capacity for more than eight hundred spectators. Although much of its history has been linked to the genre of the Spanish music reviews (with divas such as Celia Gámez, Lina Morgan or Esperanza Roy), at the beginning of the thirties it functioned as a movie theater, being one of the first rooms that incorporated sound projector. In 2012, the Teatro Alcazar was renamed the Teatro Cofidis Alcazar for its sponsor.

Official Teatro Cofidis Alcazar

Tourist office of Madrid on the Teatro Cofidis Alcazar



Doña Manolita is a lottery management business (number 67) located now at Calle del Carmen 22, probably the most famous in all of Spain. Doña Manolita began her activity in 1904 on Calle de San Bernardo street . Her founders were Manuela de Pablo popularly known as Doña Manolita, who gave her name to the business, and her three sisters

The establishment soon gained enormous popularity, for the amount of awards distributed, among the students of the then neighboring Central University of Madrid. Her fame would spread later throughout the city and Doña Manolita became one of the most popular characters of the moment.

In July 1931 it moved to the Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía 31 after the death of Doña Manolita, the headquarters of the Puerta del Sol, on the corner of Calle del  Arenal street, with the name of Doña Manolita’s it passed to her sister Carmen, who in turn bequeathed to her son to be finally sold to another family in 1987. The headquarters of Gran Vía has been maintained until 2011, when the administration announced its transfer to neighboring Calle del Carmen.

Because it is based on superstition and popular culture, many consider it as a true symbol of the city of Madrid. It has even been mentioned in literary works and songs by famous Spanish performers such as Joaquín Sabina, in his theme A la sombra de un león or In the shadow of a lion (1986 ) or Concha Piquer, en Mañana sale or in Tomorrow it leaves (1958) and its name evokes Madrid’s Christmas parties The current owner is Juan Luis de Castillejo and Bermúdez de Castro, Conde de Cabrillas.

Official Dona Manolita Lottery

Tourist office of Madrid on the Dona Manolita lottery


And there you go plenty of places for fun no matter what your inclinations Madrid has it and has it good. Well we play the lottery but did not win again!!! You need to play to win so we will try again soon. Enjoy the Madrid scene and move on!

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

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