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The ‘Rex’ cinema in Tirana

The ‘Rex’ cinema in Tirana, © Arkivi Qëndror i Shtetit, Tirana enlarge


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Object:The ‘Rex’ cinema in Tirana
Description:The picture shows the interior of the ‘Rex’ cinema in approximately 1940 from the gallery perspective. In the centre is the screen with a platform in front. On the platform are two pianos, two chairs, a double bass and a drum with the inscription ‘Eduardo Bianco’ topped by a crown.
Comment:The ‘Nacional’ cinema in Tirana was Albania’s first European-style cinema, opened by Jusuf Beshir in 1926. During Italian occupation (1939–1943) it was renamed ‘Rex’, and in the subsequent communist era, ‘November 17’. The musical instruments in the photograph indicate that the cinema was also used for concerts.
Date:Not before 1939, Not after 1943
Country:unknown (contemporary)
Albania (historical)
Keywords:540 Commercialized Entertainment > 546 Motion Picture Industry
Copyright:Arkivi Qëndror i Shtetit, Tirana
Archive:Arkivi Qëndror i Shtetit (Collection Fototeka), Inv. No.: Fototeka 19
Editor:Karl Kaser