Number 508 of the Diagonal. From the outside, the façade of the old Casa Portabella ground floor will still remind some of the former Cine-Bar Boliche, which closed in 2008. However, from this Friday, when it opens its doors once more, you'll be able to watch films at the Boliche and discover that, on the inside, the Boliche is different.
All of its auditoriums have been fully restored, while a new and more ambitious project is underway here: all films are presented in original version and, as a major novelty, they will be accompanied by Catalan subtitles. Rafael Dalmau and Alfons Mas, the two men in charge of this initiative, have stated their intention to promote independent films as a way to differentiate the Boliche from other commercial cinemas in Barcelona and to shape its own personality. For this reason, the objective is to provide a neighbourhood-based programme that will be closely linked to other film seasons and cultural activities. The promoters have also said that the project is being carried out without the help of public funds and with a firm commitment to take into account suggestions from the audience.
The opening day is May 17th with four films including Tango Libre, Mapa, Mussolini va a morir and Indignats. Ticket prices vary by days: Monday, €6; Tuesday and Wednesday, €7.5; Friday, Saturday and Sunday €9.