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Capitol Cinema

Asmara, Eritrea
1 of 2© Edward Denison

The Cinema Teatro Augustus opened in 1937. Designed by Ruppert Saviele it was later re-named Capitol Cinema. It is a rather brutal building that looks to me more like a prison than a cinema. The most striking feature is the four bands of small windows with thick concrete frames in the upper part of the facade. Smaller versions adorn the the curved corners of the lower level. Surprisingly Asmara, is still a very Italian city. Every corner has a cafe or a bar and the favorite pastime is the passeggiata or evening stroll when it seems whole city take to the streets greeting friends and catching up with that day's events. If a little bit of Italy in an African setting sounds like your kind of place, Asmara fits the bill perfectly.

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