|Viterbo's main street|
|chocolate show at the cinema|
|King Kong in chocolate|
|ticket booth unchanged since 1948|
The Genio theatre was one of the first examples of post-war reconstruction and its moderistic style is evident in every detail: the ticket booth, the glass showcases, original chairs and the curved lines of the ceilings.
Older residents tell me that it was the town’s favored place for entertainment in the days before TV.
Many were introduced to rock and roll music in the 1950s thanks to films seen at this elegant movie house.
|salami, cheese and eggs made from chocolate|
During this month Viterbo's chocolate shop Casantini (I wrote about their erotic themed chocolates here) has filled the vintage foyer with giant chocolate creations based on films such as King Kong. The exhibit and sale of chocolate masterpieces continues throughout the Christmas season.
This historic cinema can be hard to locate for it is hidden away inbetween two narrow medieval lanes.
|1950s vintage jewellery|
The easiest way is to take Via Roma (see first photo) to central Piazza delle Erbe and then follow the red carpeting flanked by stalls selling vintage jewellery, handmade art and clothing set up especially for the event.
At the end of the tiny Via S. Maria Ezigiaca you will find Cinema Genio, surrounded by medieval buildings.