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The Odeon cinema in Vicenza, one of the oldest in the world

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The Odeon cinema in Vicenza, one of the oldest in the world

Perhaps not everyone knows that in Vicenza there is one of the oldest cinemas in the world, still open today!

Originally the hall was a church - precisely one of the seven medieval sacred chapels built around the present city cathedral over a thousand years ago - dedicated to the Saints Faustino and Jovita.

The building was almost entirely redesigned in 1700; with the nineteenth century suppressions its ownership was transferred to the Municipality and it first became a warehouse and later a soup kitchen. Fortunately the place was finally redeemed by the Vicenza Mutual Aid Society of Craftsmen, which wanted to use this space as a venue for their meetings.

In 1907, at the proposal of the Vicenza Cines Fonos society, the St. Faustino Hall hosted the first exhibition of experimental projections and finally, in 1909, the Cinema St Faustino, later called Odeon, was officially opened.

Since its opening, the Cinema has never ceased to show films, becoming a reference point for all Vicenza inhabitants. Of course, over the years, the hall has been modified and adapted to the requirements of a modern cinema without losing its uniqueness, which is evident when looking up to the frescoed ceiling, stopping in the eighteenth century hall or simply breathing the warm and welcoming atmosphere of an environment that strongly differs from a cold and impersonal multiplex cinema in the suburbs.

Seeing a movie in this historic and fascinating cinema can be the perfect end to a day exploring the city of Palladio ... Maybe in Michela’s company, our brilliant guide who on request organises private guided tours of Vicenza!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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