A Cinema History Jane's Walk in Santos, Brazil

Once common, cinemas are vanishing from this Brazilian city's streetscape.

Jose Carrico, May 10, 2017

From the 1950s to 1980s, Santos was the city with the highest number of cinemas per capita in Brazil. The theme of our Jane’s Walk, on May 6, was to uncover the history of some now-closed movie theaters. We took a 2-hour walk, stopping in front of 11 old movie theaters in the Gonzaga neighborhood. Participants took turns telling stories of the golden age of these theaters. Near the end of the walk, we went into a movie theater that has been turned into parking. It was exciting and sad.

We ended the walk by watching Cinema Paradiso in the only remaining street cinema. At the end of the movie, a cinema is demolished to make way for a parking lot. Life imitates art.

 

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These walk leaders were easy to spot! 

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