Cinema Ideal in Lisbon, Portugal’s oldest cinema and one of the world’s longest running film theatres, adds a new feather to its cap with the first Portuguese installation ever commercial installation of Christie Vive Audio in Europe. Founded in 1904, it is a small neighborhood cinema seating 185 spectators with a program of mainly independent films. As well as speakers, amps, subwoofers and processors from the Vive Audio range, Cinema Ideal has also been kitted out with a Christie CP2215 projector, all supplied by Edecine.
The cinema has just reopened after undergoing a complete refurbishment that included remodeling the theatre, the lobby, the stalls and the balcony. As part of the new design, there is also a small bookstore dedicated to film, as well as a café, a DVD library and an area for cultural events.
The refurbishment, designed by the architect José Neves (winner of the Secil Architecture Award in 2012), cost around half a million euros and was promoted by the Midas Filmes production company, with the support of Casa de la Prensa, the owners of the building, and the Chamber of Commerce of Lisbon.