We start the series on Porto’s Modernist cinema, the Batalha, with its small projection room, the Sala Bébé, built in the 70s under the main theater. The room has the same velvet-like carpeting on the floor, walls and seats. There is very minimal wood trim at the seat rows and baseboards, with discrete gaps for ventilation. The ceilings have circular “downlights” which are really just light bulbs inside concave plaster dishes.
The greatest feature about this room is the color: a palette built around moss greens and yellows, with the reddish-brown wood and white ceiling for contrast. The whole ensemble looks like it’s out of a David Lynch movie.
For more surprising and fascinating facets of the Batalha, keep following this daily series of 9 posts. You can also click the link below (in Portuguese only) for a great post in Restos de Colecção about the history of the place, and some beautiful period photos.
Cinema Batalha, Porto