Maria Adriana Prolo, founder of the National Cinema Museum of Torino, already believed that film screenings were always a crucial part of the museum’s mission and exhibition. Today, the Cinema Museum can count on a state-of-the-art multiplex like Cinema Massimo, which is located in Via Verdi 18, a few steps away from the Mole Antonelliana.
The Cinema Museum has been managing this movie theatre since 1989. The screening rooms have been completely restructured and renovated from a technological point of view, and the multiplex cinema was inaugurated on 24 January 2001. Sala Uno and Sala Due (with 453 and 147 seats, respectively) are dedicated to art house film premieres. Sala Tre (147 seats), instead, is a film archive auditorium that organizes activities dedicated to research, in-depth analysis, and spreading awareness about films from the past and the present from all over the world. In addition, Sala Tre also organizes retrospectives, special events, film previews, encounters with leading figures from the world of cinema and culture, debates, conferences, and book presentations.
Cinema Massimo has always been the vital center of the Torino Film Festival; moreover, this multiplex also hosts the other major film festivals in Torino, like CinemAmbiente, Torino GLBT Film Festival, and Sottodiciotto.
During the Torino Film Festival, the Cinema Massimo box office is located outside the cinema.
On November 18th, the outside box office will be open from 11am to 10pm. From November 19th to 26th, the box office will open 30 minutes before the beginning of the first screening until the beginning of the last one.
The cinema is accessible for the disabled.
(photos by Giovanni Fontana)