Scena, ex Filmstudio cinema, is located in via degli Orti d’Alibert 1c – a side street of via della Lungara – in the Trastevere district in Rome, and is located on the ground floor of a three-storey residential building. It was one of the first Italian arthouse cinemas, initially called Filmstudio 70. Born as a cultural association founded in 1967 for the diffusion of quality cinema, it was destined to remain, from then on, a point of reference for the presentation and enjoyment of experimental art-house cinema. Since 2021, after the renovation and redevelopment project of the building, it takes the name of “Scena”, acronym of Spazio Cinema Eventi e Nuove Arti (Cinema Events and New Arts Space) and extends its function as a multipurpose and multifunctional space of the Regione Lazio.
The new cinema project consists of three main spaces, obtained by redesigning and adapting those previously existing. These have distinct but complementary functions that allow a sustainable and efficient operation of the new Cinema. The main auditorium (formerly the “Red Room”) is maintained in its current position, although radically redesigned, and is used for screenings; a second auditorium, smaller than the main one and served by a cafeteria, is intended for temporary events such as presentations, cultural reviews or small screenings. Finally, the foyer has been regularized with respect to the existing and equipped with cabinets and boiserie.
The three spaces have different conformation, characteristics and finishes, to connote the different vocation and ensure functionality. The three spaces have different conformation, characteristics and finishes, to connote the different vocation and ensure functionality. The industrial parquet floor acts as an element of continuity between the different environments, covering all the walking surfaces of the three rooms and corridor.