History

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The street Marqués de Campo, where Condado is situated, has always been Denia's centre of leisure in the 20th century. Most of the theaters and cinemas were built along this avenue of promenades and get-togethers. Of the 8 movie halls in the region, 3 were in this street since the middle of the last century. It is interesting to note that more than 20 movies and television series were filmed in Denia.

In 1895, the Circo theatre, offering a variety of performances to people in Denia, was built on the land where Condado now exists. In the year it was built, the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière made their first public cinematographic performance. Soon afterwards the first movies arrived in Denia at Circo theatre.

In the 1940s, a businessman from Alicante, Alfonso Guixot bought the land. It was then divided into parcels by the new owners, Vicente Espadas and the "Banco de Valencia". Espadas was confident that the cinema could and should continue to project movies in Denia.

Cinema Condado was inaugurated on Friday 29th of Septembre 1967 with the extraordinary projection of “My Fair Lady” as a charitable event to collect funds for the building of a retirement home. At that time, there were four movie halls in Denia, two were open during the summer months (Rosaleda and Avenida) and two were open off-season (Salón Moderno and Condado).

Condado cinema closed its doors on the 27th of April 2008 … up until 2015 when a new project was envisioned to change the course of its history. Many people are celebrating in anticipation the return of the cinema-theatre to the centre of the city. Now finally a vision becomes a reality.