On January 7, 1927, the "Esperia" movie theater was inaugurated in Durres, the first public cinema in the city.
From 1944 until 1990, the cinema was called "Iliria". Next to this cinema there was another, outdoor cinema, however.
Albania "Vintage Albania: it was not summer, without the open-air cinema ..." 🎬
I must say that outdoor cinema fascinated me a lot.
Tirana during the dictatorship - a period of time that willingly or unwillingly coincides with my childhood and that of my generation - had perhaps not so many cinema, as for the monarchical period, bearing in mind that the first cinema set up in Tirana dates back to 1926 however, all in all we as children, in every season we shot in turn all the cinemas of our hometown, indoors and outdoors, among those called "Republika", "17 Nëntori (ex-cinema 'Rex' of the protectorate period Italian), "Agimi", "Dajti", "Ali Demi", and so on.
InoltreI also, being that all summer, from the end of the school, I usually spent it in Durres, by the sea with my aunts, I was also a frequent visitor to the summer cinema of Durres.🎥🎬
🔽 And I remember that cinema well:
Stuck between some buildings, it was there that awaited us after a whole day spent at the beach.
Usually, people arrived there in the evening a little dazed, because partly because of the heat and the insolation, partly because of the effort of the day spent at work for some, or at the seaside for others, in short, in one way or another, the open-air cinema became a pleasant and fun stop for everyone.
There was also no shortage of those who arrived there, original let's say, still wearing sea salt and with the typical white marks that it leaves on the skin. Romantically defined "sea flavor, salt flavor", only that in fusion with certain sweat fragrances, it became a traumatizing thing, to have as a sole relief the fact of finding ourselves at least, outdoors and not in a closed place.
Punctually behind the large white canvas that served as a screen, films of the so-called "socialist realism" were broadcast, or some foreign comic film by Charlie Chaplin or Pitkin, or Stanlio & Ollio.🎬
The evening ended at the famous ice cream shop in Durres, "Bllaca". I know that the homemade ice cream that was prepared there, both the ice cream that we called "Akullore dimri" - "Winter ice cream", with the peculiar cream "kajmak", and the classic summer cold one, were in strong competition, not to mention that they exceeded Tirana ice cream ... 😉
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