The entire room of the Centrale is decorated by an artist of exceptional talent, the Florentine Galileo Chini (1873-1956). Painter, muralist, decorator, set designer, ceramist, undisputed protagonist of the Art Nouveau and Déco taste, Chini is one of the most important and personal figures in the European pictorial panorama of that time.
There are numerous works in Italy that bear his name, among others we find the dome of the Central Pavilion and the Mestrovic Hall of the Venice Biennale, painted in 1909 and 1914, the Palazzo Comunale di Montecatini in 1918, the Terme Belzieri and the Grand Hotel of Salsomaggiore in 1922 and in the following years, and the great artist also worked abroad from 1911 to 1914, when he was commissioned by the king of Siam to fresco the throne room in Bangkok, the so-called Phra-Ti-Nam.
And the extraordinary decorations on the ceiling of the theater bear the signature of Chini: once upon a time, after the show, the characteristic dome of the Centrale, over 14 meters in diameter, opened through a trap door on the heads of the spectators, showing the starry sky to bystanders. Imagine this magical, almost mystical “tear in the sky of paper” – brings to mind the good Pirandello – accompanied by the representation of a Sanremo Trionfante surrounded by Centaurs and Nymphs chasing each other in flight in a riot of lights, solar images and marine scenes, and between them and the circular opening the solemn motto unfolds in a ring: “Song of Light, the inexpressible dream turns into Truth” . Maurizia Migliorini, professor at DIRAS – Department of Italian Studies, Roman Studies, Arts and Entertainment – of the University of Genoa, recognizes in this form of “ceremonial act” of opening the trap door and in that courtly sentence the “truth of the sky that opens after the cinematic fiction (dream) “ .
The small room of the Tabarin was inaugurated in 1929 under the name of Tabarin Florida , a modestly sized nightclub adjacent to the great room of the Centrale. The precious stage, enclosed by the lithe figures of two young naked caryatids, joined to the richly decorated walls and ceiling with a Triumph of Cupid , help to create a truly elegant and refined room in its modest size, embellished on the wall opposite the stage by a painting depicting Spring . Everything is the work of the artist Paolo Rusconi.
In 1987, with a view to a careful and precise restoration of the entire Central cinema-theater complex, the Tabarin room was restored to its ancient dignity after having been, in previous decades, downgraded to a billiard room and even a warehouse, and was transformed into a small cinema with a capacity of 96 seats where today they are still offered to the public, among others, arthouse films and niche cinema products compared to big budget giants.
On the occasion of the restoration in 1987, the Centrale room was also renovated and restored to its original size after the expansion that had been carried out after the war, and from the space created a modern video club is created, still open today, which offers a huge range of movies to rent or buy on DVD. The spaces and structures of the whole complex are also equipped with the latest safety provisions and the most advanced technical equipment to keep up with the times.
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