Three new multiplex cinemas to open in Barcelona despite four venues shutting in the last three years and two others will do so in a few months (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). After the recent inauguration of the Sant Boi, which was part funded by the ayuntamiento, two more are to follow in Cornellà and Santa Coloma. The most ambitious of the new projects is the new cinema in Splau, shopping centre, next to the Espanyol stadium, which will be fully 3-D with an audio system that promised to envelop the spectator in the film. Peter Sallent, one of the owners of the new cinemas says "Imax is a kind of space that aims to make the films more spectacular." The space will open with 18 rooms and has a capacity of around 2,400 spectators (300 in the largest and 50 in the smallest). "The biggest productions are now being filmed in this type of format," explained the owner. "It is an experience that can not get from the internet," adds Sallent. However, this type of experience is likely to cost more than the usual, priced at between €8.50 and €11. The other cinema, in Santa Coloma, which is to open in early October has 12 rooms (also 3D).
Gràcia residents are relying on private security guards in order to protect the street decorations against vandaluism (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). "We are tired of taking turns at night to watch. At three o'clock in the morning you feel like sleeping," said Glòria Estruch responsible for the Calle de Joan Blanques de Dalt. Now the association has hired a guard private security to monitor the street from 3am to 8am. "It costs €15 an hour. They will stay for the week and cost around €800, says Ricard Estruch, president of the Fundación Festa Major de Gràcia. This year, a total of nine streets have hired security. Some, such as Verdi, Mozart and Providència have been doing so since a couple of days before the fiestas, so as the work they had done over months was not ruined by prankers. "We had material in the street and were worried that it would have been stolen or vandalised during the night", explains Manolita Domínguez from Providència, where she has decorated for the last 21 years. According to Ricard Estruch, said that most of the damage is down to ignorance on the part of the visitors. "The decorations are damaged because people touch them or take pictures in the middle of the decorations. Very few people want to destroy them." Councilor for Gràcia, Guillem Espriu, explained that the security force are able to call the Mossos who will arrive in two minutes.
Both mayors from El Vendrell and Calafell, have said they won't back down from their decision to allow 'top manta' vendors sell without police intervention (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Both Benet Jané (CiU) and Jordi Sánchez (PSC) have defended what they are calling a "interim measure" that began this summer in a bid to try and overcome the protests over the traders and the bad image they give to their municipalities. Two major trader associations from the two towns have demanded the "immediate removal"of the free zones for the illegal traders and for the involvement of the Mossos and the Policía Nacional. However despite the criticisms against the decision, the two sides have agreed that it is a "complex problem" that goes beyond the powers of the municipalities. "Under no circumstances can we accept the measure, but we know it is not possible to find a solution if it depends only on the local councils," said Juan Jesus Espina, the president of the Confederació d'Iniciatives de Turisme (CIT). Mayor from El Vendrell, Benet Jané has lamented the fact that no one higher up in the municipalities have been in contact with him "neither before, nor now" to try and look for alternatives. "We know that the solution we have taken is not very orthodox, acknowledged Jané.