Venice is famous for its world famous film festival which is one of the best
known in the world. It forms part of the Biennale and attracts some of the biggest
and most important names from the movie world, so don't be surprised if you bump
into the year's most lauded actor or actress! The Venice International Film
Festival (Mostra del Cinema di Venezia) is held every two years in late
August/early September at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido di Venezia.
The Summer Arena in Campo San Polo is an under-the-stars cinema
that is open to movie goers during July and August. Unfortunately most films are
generally dubbed, as is the Italian way. The best time to see films in original
language version is during the September film festival.
Cinema Giorgione Movie d'Essai in Cannaregio is a modern cinema
frequently showing quality movies as well as some of the Hollywood blockbusters.
There are two screens, large and small, with up to three film screenings a day.
Circuito Cinema is a publisher and cine-club in Venice and organises
a series of themed sessions and workshops. It airs original-language films which are
generally classic or art-house.
Venice's historical contribution to the world is undoubtable and here in the
magical floating city there are still several historical theatres that are worth
visiting even if you don't see a show!
Teatro La Fenice
The Teatro La Fenice is one of the finest historic opera houses in the world. The
San Benedetto theatre had been an important opera house before it burned down in 1774.
A legal dispute broke out between the managing company and owners which led to the
theatre company moving to another site where La Fenice (The Phoenix) rose from the
chaos of its destruction and litigation procedures. At the start of the 19th entury
the theatre began building an ever greater reputation with theatre productions from
Rossini and operas by Bellini.
Unfortunately disaster struck again in 1836 when the theatre was destroyed by fire
again. It was quickly rebuilt and opened in 1837 and its success as a world leader in
theatre production continued. Performances were again disrupted when La Fenice was
closed during the First World War. On reopening, the world's greatest singers and
conductors were attracted and in 1930 the Biennale initiated the First International
Festival of Contemporary Music.
But misfortune was to strike once more like a relentless curse. On 29 January 1996
the theatre was destroyed by fire with two electricians later found guilty of arson.
This time the theatre was completely destroyed and requiried complete reconstruction.
After seven years, the theatre was reopened on 14 December 2003 with an inaugural
concert of Beethoven, Wagner and Stravinsky.
Musica a Palazzo
The ensemble 'Musica a Palazzo' manages one of the most important gothic Venetian
palaces in Venice, located in an intimate centuries-old theatre on the Grand Canal. The
Palace Barbarigo-Minotto offers an innovative approach to Opera where you can enjoy a
night watching the Barber of Seville, La Traviata or love duets.
The Malibran handles some of La Fenice productions in a cosy yet exquisite 17th-century
theatre. Located in the heart of the historical centre close to the Rialto Bridge, it is
one of the best loved theatres in Venice.
The Goldini was named after the city's greatest playwright, Carlo Goldoni, and was
the main theatre in Venice when La Fenice was being restored. It is today considered the
principal drama theatre in Venice. Beginning under the name of Teatro Vendramin di San
Salvador, it then became the Teatro Apollo after restoration in 1833 and finally the
Teatro Malibran in 1875. Along with Shakespeare and Goldoni, the theatre is used for
concerts, ballet and more.
Teatro del Parco
Teatro del Parco is located in Mestre in Parco della Bissola, the largest city park
on mainland Venice. It hosts musical and recreational events including theatre for kids,
dance and music from October to June. It is easily reached with public transport and there
are car parking facilities nearby.