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Located in the district of Lavapies, the Filmoteca Española is Spain’s national film archive that was created in 1953, responsible for collecting and preserving Spanish film heritage, to ensure its conservation and facilitate its dissemination. Films shown by the film archive can be seen at the Cine Doré, which also hosts presentations, symposia, seminars, round table discussions and conferences.
In addition, the Filmoteca has an important collection of sound recordings and objects related to the history of cinema and pre-cinema, such as cameras, magic lanterns, zoetropes, daguerreotypes, ferrotypes, shadow puppetry, projectors, laboratory equipment and other devices dating from the 17th century to the present day. It also has a large library of books, magazines, posters, photographs and press-books.
The building is known as the Palacio del Marqués de Perales. Built in 1732 by Pedro de Ribera, the last representative of Madrid's baroque style, the main features of this building are the baroque facade with overlaid balcony, decorated with floral elements and flanking columns typical of this architectural style. The building has a square layout, arranged around several interior courtyards. In 1970, it became the headquarters of the National Newspaper Archive, and it has housed the National Film Archive since May 2002. In 1995, it was declared a Monument of National Interest.
The Film Archive’s cinema is located at No. 3, Calle Santa Isabel. It shows films from different countries and periods, with reasonably priced tickets, from Tuesday to Sunday, except public holidays.
The modernist building was commissioned by Catalan businessman Arturo Carballo and inaugurated in December 1912, although the current façade dates from 1923, according to the project of architect Críspulo Moro Cabeza. It was refurbished by Manuel López-Mora Villegas in 1925.
The Cine Doré has two screens: screen 1 (reconstruction of the early Salon Doré) and screen 2, which is more contemporary in its design. It also has a restaurant-café.