Saturday, May 10, 2008
Via Gran, Madrid
The Via Gran is Madrid's version of Oxford Street or Fifth Avenue, with high end shopping, restaurants, hotels and a few big movie palaces.
The Cine Capitol is probably Madrid's finest cinema. I wondered if the auditorium had been split -- a little research revealed it has not. Two additional theatres were put in auxiliary spaces within the enormous building so that the large auditorium (1,367 seats) remains intact. Pictures I've found of it on line (at cinematreasures.com) reveal it to be a mini Radio City with flamboyant Art Deco flourishes.
The Via Gran leads to Madrid's rather opulent main post office.