A truly old school experience, Coliseum is one of few surviving single screen cinemas, preserved from a bygone era when over a thousand people would gather to watch the same film. Since its first screening in 1923—‘Innocents of Paris’ in case you were wondering—the capacity has been somewhat reduced from the original 1,815, but the form remains, with seating divided as in a theater, including multiple balconies and executive boxes.
The building was thankfully preserved by a very near miss during a bombing raid in 1937, the time of the Spanish Civil War. It has survived to provide decades of cherished escapism in a grand setting, which, for a cinema, is these days a rare aspect. Coliseum also features theatrical performances, as well as its regular cinema screenings.