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The ‘Savoja’ cinema in Tirana

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


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Object:The ‘Savoja’ cinema in Tirana
Description:The picture shows the entrance hall of the ‘Savoja’ cinema in Tirana in approximately 1940. Signs inform visitors about access to seating on the first floor and galleries. A poster advertises the movie ‘Manon Lescaut’ directed by Carmine Gallone and starring Alida Valli, Vittorio De Sica and Lamberto Picasso.
Comment:The movie was released in 1940 by the Italian production company ‘Grand Film’. The inserted name ‘Luce’ (an Italian film and photo production company) indicates that the photograph was taken during the Italian occupation of Albania between 1939 and 1943. The building was renamed ‘Teatri Kombëtar’ (National theatre) after World War II.
Date:Not before 1940, 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 31
Editor:Karl Kaser