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If you like popular theatre, then you cannot miss out on this. Hidden in a narrow street behind the church of San Vincenzo De Paoli, there is a theatre which shows the best of the current repertory performed in Trieste's dialect. It is organized by an association of local companies called L'Armonia (harmony). They have traditional classics on their program as well as reruns and new items (all of which are in dialect). The auditorium is not particularly special and shows the passage of time. The use of local slang can also get tiresome at times. However it is fun to try such an unusual mix of dialect and theatre for an evening - not for the literary elite though! The theatre has a garage just to one side of the main entrance.
Slightly on the outskirts of the city center, the Alcione cinema is at the heart of one of the most attractive residential zones of Trieste, that of San Vito. You only need to set foot inside the small entrance with its tiling and dark wood doors, to realize that you are far removed from other contemporary multi-screen cinemas. Alcione, with its small auditorium, has conserved the charm of the old cinemas of the 1950s and 1960s. But films are tastefully chosen, with re-released commercial films and the more famous films are alternated with themed reviews.
Located at one of the city's busiest streets, the Excelsior has two rooms with different offerings. The Blue Room on the ground floor specializes in smart art films. Every Tuesday you can see the best of the international modern cinema. The large room on the first floor (reached via elevator) gives the same old commercial hits that the public wants to see. Both rooms are comfortable, especially the Blue Room, and the audio and video are excellent. The bar is well-stocked but the popcorn is disappointing.
This large cinema has specialized in commercial films for many years. Films for families and children are shown here on first release. Seats are comfortable, and audio-visual quality is high. The popcorn is delicious. Historical and architectural experts will especially appreciate the building's façade, one of the city's best examples of Art Nouveau style, which really stands out next to the two caryatids. The nearest parking is the Foro Ulpiano underground garage, linked with the cinema.
This large multiple cinema opened two years ago. It is a part of the chain that includes the Nazionale, the Ambasciatori, the Mignon, and the Super. It is not far from Viale XX Settembre. Two of the screens are dedicated to general release films which are popular with most people. The seating is comfortable, and the sound system is excellent. The more dynamic screen offers something rather more unusual. The seats move to the rythym of certain films and shorts. The nearest garage is the underground Parksì, a large garage which has an arrangement with the cinema: if you show your ticket stub at the garage you pay a minimal price for three hours of parking.
Cappella Underground is a cultural and cinematographic association, born in Trieste in 1968. The name comes from its original location in an old chapel. Cappella was born as a sort of independent art gallery, but soon it started to explore every kind of artistic expression; in the 1980s it completely focused on cinema, becoming a Center for Research and Experimentation on Cinema, as well. Today Cappella Underground is settled in Via Economo, close to the Rive, and organizes meetings with directors and critics, and puts on the important and well known Science + Fiction, the international science-fiction film festival. There is also a list of 1000 films you can borrow for free, and even more that you can watch on-site.
For over 20 years, this cinema, situated in the green and quiet of the paseggio Andrea offers an exhaustive panorama of the best contemporary films. The films, on first showing, range from well-known films which are often promoted by previews with the leading stars in attendance to more commercial films always chosen with good taste. The large auditorium is very comfortable. In the summer months films are shown outside, on the raised terrace. Watching these films outside, in the Arena Ariston, as soon as the winter months have passed, has become something of a tradition for Trieste's local film fans. The management tend to distribute free leaflets containing recent film reviews of those on show, at the counter.