Felgueroso Cinema


Felgueroso Cinema

Sama de Langreo

Situated on the location once occupied by the Sama cattle market, the Felgueroso building is one of the most outstanding examples of modernism in Asturias.

As for the cinema, the absence of openings in the exterior walls contrasts with the striking windows on the main façade. These reveal the interior, where an abstract mural covers the ceiling of the second-floor lobby. The rest of the perimeter, articulated by means of fine vertical moldings, is covered with a glossy surface made with pool tiles that create a mosaic with geometric motifs. The building's unique decorative repertoire was the work of artists Antonio Suárez (Gijón, 1923-2013) and Jesús Díaz, "Zuco" (Langreo, 1929- Madrid, 2010).

The cinema, Cine Felgueroso, was inaugurated on December 4, 1959 with the screening of the film The Big Country (William Wyler, 1958) and kept its daily programming until 2000. Seven years later, it was acquired by the Langreo City Council, which converted it into a cultural and audiovisual center. The rehabilitation project of the building was performed by the architect Jovino Martínez Sierra, who rearranged the projection room on the ground floor and created new spaces on the upper floors to accommodate the audiovisual center.

Nowadays, it still keeps a stable movie listing with several film cycles and other activities. It also has a film, video and photo libraries, and houses a permanent exhibition of more than 500 film and picture cameras. The work carried out in Cine Felgueroso by the Sala Oscura film gathering is also noteworthy. This group was put together in 1990 with the aim of watching, sharing and commenting on cinema.

Mónica García Cuetos