Inside the historical Casina delle Rose, one of the most beautiful areas of Villa Borghese, the building of the Casa del Cinema (House of Cinema) , completely restored, covers an area of 2,500 square meters. The heart of the building hosts an extraordinary movie house, the Sala Deluxe. It not only has the most modern projection and sound systems, but also last generation equipment for HD digital video projection, that can be connected to a satellite system. The Casa del Cinema is a venue for meetings and exchanges.

inside of the coffee bar (coffee cinema) in the Museum of Cinema in Villa Borghese in Rome

The Sala Kodak, equipped for wide screen video projections, is a venue for congresses, debates, book presentations. In addition, there are two exhibit rooms dedicated to two great screen players, Sergio Amidei and Cesare Zavattini, a shopping centre specialized in DVD and a bookshop specialized in cinema and performing arts, a friendly restaurant-café called Cinecaffè Casina delle Rose. The daily program includes regular weekly fixtures: films and documentaries, meetings with directors, screenwriters and actors, homage to cinema celebrities and “cinema classes” with some of the most important directors in the world. The Casa del Cinema is managed by Zètema Progetto Cultura.

Inside Villa Borghese, we find the Cinema dei Piccoli, recognized by Guinness World Records Ltd. as the smallest building in the world used as a cinema.

The cinema museum in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome. In the picture you can see the poster of the famous actor Marcello Mastroianni

The building, dated to 1934 and completely restored in 1991, regularly hosts screenings, events, workshops and activities for children in addition to regular film programming for older children.

Interesting Fact: in the 1930s, a wooden die with a big Mickey Mouse holding a camera on it was placed on the roof of the cinema and the words “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” were added. Disney later barred the owner from using the name of the famous mouse and the words were deleted, but the statue remained until the early 1970s. For this reason, even today, it is known to children as the “Mickey Mouse Cinema”.

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