Barcelona Movie Theatres: Cinema Maldà

Cinema Maldà Barcelona

We’ve all heard that sory again and again: the local cinema production has nothing to do against Hollywood and blockbuster films. The same story goes for the local, historical movie theatres: the big multiplexes will soon take over.

Somehow Cinema Maldà has struggled to survive in this red ocean of movie theatres, not without a fight, programming independent cinema and not-so-new Hollywood films. For those who know London well, think Prince Charles Cinema with a less fancy auditorium.

The place, which for a short period of time became the first Bollywood movie theatre in the city, is also the venue of some the movie festivals, at the moment showing films from L’ Alternativa. Located in Carrer del Pi, 5 it’s like an oasis in the middle of the Barcelona’s shopping frenzy.

Cinema Maldà Bollywood Posters
Some Bollywood Posters at the cinema entry

The auditorium is not a huge, modern starway-styled room, the sound may not be perfect, but (or maybe because of this) it has an undenieable charm. Prices are the same as in any other movie theatre BUT they have a fantastic deal: buy one entry and see as many movies as you’d like during that day. That’s why I usually go there where they have 2 movies in a row I’d like to watch.

If you go on a early showing don’t be surprised if 90% of the spectators go by themselves. You just wanted to see that movie for so long and no other movie theatre was showing it or you just missed the chance. So it doesn’t matter if no one wants to come along with you.

Last saturday I went to see “Somewhere” by Sofia Coppola and “The Inside Job”. Interesting mix. While the first one might remind you of Lost in Translation (though less charming and interesting characters and general story line) the second might leave you litterally lost as it is sometime hard to follow all those economic and finance terms. However, even if I left feeling anger and despair towards the kind of world we’re building, I believe this movie should be mandatory in highschool and/or college, we need to know what’s really going on and what kind of people holds the power.

One of the best Somewhere’s scenes

The Inside Job trailer

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