Rome, (also) the Roxy cinema closes. Collection of signatures at Parioli- Corriere.it

Rome, (also) the Roxy cinema closes. Collection of signatures at Parioli- Corriere.it
Rome, (also) the Roxy cinema closes. Collection of signatures at Parioli- Corriere.it
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Residents: “No to cultural desertification”. In a few years, 102 rooms were abandoned: some transformed into supermarkets or sports centers but also churches and apartments

Another movie theater and once again in one of the most sought after and sought-after areas of the city, it adds to the long and sad list of cinemas that have closed forever in the Parioli-Pinciano district. Loved and frequented by entire generations of residents and not only, the Roxy Parioli in via Luciani has also definitively lowered the shutters for a few weeks.

After the Embassy in via Stoppani behind Piazza Hungary, which has been in a state of neglect for years, and the Empire in Viale Regina Margherita, more recently the Fiamma in Via Bissolati, close to Via Veneto, also “turned off”. But for the Roxy, the citizens do not give up and on change.org the petition “No to the closure of the Roxy cinema in Parioli” was launched to reopen it: “This is the last historic multiplex in the Parioli district, active since years 50, with a high historical value: a small cinema – reads the appeal on Facebook – with excellent quality programming, high profitability and frequented by a large and loyal public ».

It seems that the property, also owner of the nearby Hotel Polo, and of a well-known Brazilian restaurant, both a few steps from the cinema, has recently encountered unsurpassed financial difficulties while other sources attribute the definitive closure of the hall to the Covid emergency. “Due to long periods of closure, limited admissions, scarcity of new visions due to the blocking of productions and the boom in streaming films”.

In recent years, around a hundred cinemas have been permanently closed in the capital, of which, according to the mapping carried out by the association «Dire Fare Cambiare», chaired by Silvia Sbordoni, 43 are abandoned or disused, 53 have been transformed into bingo halls, shops or supermarkets and only in five cases have they been reopened, on the initiative of private individuals, as cultural places with social value. In detail, 13 former cinemas have become shops or commercial activities, 11 today are bingo halls, 6 transformed into supermarkets, 4 convention centers, 4 have become churches, 4 hotels, 2 banks, 2 private apartments, 2 reorganized as sports centers. Finally, according to the association’s investigation, “instead of a cinema today there is also a Freemasonry headquarters, a discotheque, a TV studio, a university and a fast food restaurant”.

But Roxy’s loyal people don’t want the same fate to befall their beloved neighborhood cinema. Thus, in the petition relaunched via social media, the finger is pointed “against the advancing cultural desertification” and invites you to make your voice heard by signing the appeal “For a city that is not just shopping and dining for the use of mass tourism because, despite economic incentives, including European ones and legislation in favor of historic cinemas, which has so far remained inapplicable, Rome is starting step by step to reach the sad primacy of the only city among the European capitals with no more cinemas in the historic center and surroundings ».

December 9, 2021 (change December 9, 2021 | 08:06)

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