CAPITOL CINEMA / SUMMER THEATRE
Situated downtown Bucharest, the ensemble of historical monuments CAPITOL Cinema (LMI B-II-m-B-18683) and CAPITOL Summer Theatre (LMI B-II-m-B-19202) occupies the plot of land between 36 Elisabeta Bd. and 13 C-tin Mille St.
In 2017-2018, Save or Cancel proposes a cultural heritage awareness and sensitization campaign, with an application on Capitol Cinema / Summer Theatre, revealing the economic, social and educational potential of all abandoned cultural spaces in Romania, and the involvement of artists and the local community in trans-sectorial, multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects.
4 conferences, 3 art installations, 4 exhibitions and 4 open calls for projects and ideas will reactivate the collective memory, reintegrating the monuments in the public circuit through democratic reinterpretations of the cultural space, exploring the links between art, nature and the city.
the campaign objectives
- attracting new audiences for alternative cultural and heritage spaces.
- audience awareness towards cultural heritage, revealing its potential for the independent cultural sector.
- promoting contemporary local creations and supporting of young artists.
- the promotion of creativity as a sustainable alternative to the institutionalized abandonment of heritage.
CAPITOL is a remarkable ruin that has the potential to socially, and economically reactivate the community.
The project proposes raising awareness amid artists, cultural promoters and of the community to identify innovative models of adaptive re-use of heritage, a democratic, sustainable exercise. The acute need for independent spaces dedicated to culture is accentuated by the closure of a large number of cultural spaces, especially cinemas, theatres and art galleries, as a result of the 282/2015 law.
HOW DO WE BUILD A COMMUNITY BEFORE A BUILDING?
- the investigation, re-use and promotion of heritage participates in the urban regeneration and social and economic transformation of the community;
- investing in artistic ecosystems;
- facilitating collective processes, co-creation;
- undertaking mobile and ephemeral initiatives: the use and integration of the façade in human-scale projects which become urban signals;
- pop-up, temporary actions, which can be presented itinerant.
OPEN CALL I – design
urban signal I – artistic installation
Heritage Reactivation: challenges and benefits @ CNDB – 27 May, 19:00
Cinema Capitol @ Someș Delivery , Cluj- 17-18 June
Exhibition & cinema CAPITOL @ Plaja de Carte, Vama Veche – 4-6 August
OPEN CALL II artistic intervention & photography – 14-28 August
urban signal I – installation by Pisica Pătrată @ CAPITOL Summer Theatre
OPEN CALL III poem – 11-29 September
urban signal II – #FLUID performance & Capitol Continuun artistic installation @ CAPITOL Summer Theatre
Paint-a-Monument drawing & screen-printing workshop for children
Missing Cultural Spaces in Bucharest: Trials and Threats conference, itinerant exhibition & booklet launch, in collaboration with Teatrul Mic
OPEN CALL III – architecture
conference / workshop
urban signal III – artistic installation
itinerant exhibition – Timișoara
conference / workshop @ ArCub
The Rampa newspaper announces the opening of the Classic Cinema on Saturday, 26 May: „Two young artists, Ms. Nicolae Grigorescu from the National Theater and Mănescu, a distinguished sculptor, took the initiative to build a great theater-cinema.”
Architect Nicolae Nenciulescu builds the Alhambra Summer Theatre, now called Capitol.
Architect Henriette Delavrancea Gibory redesigns the façade and foyer of the Cinema Capitol in a modernist style.
Nationalization: The Capitol Cinema and the Alhambra Summer Theatre are owned by the state. In 1990, the ensemble closes and goes out of the public circuit.
The Independent Campaign for Reactivation, initiated by Save or Cancel, analyzes the phenomenon of cultural hub, proposing the rehabilitation of the heritage spaces.
About Save or Cancel
Since 2008, Save or Cancel is a medium of communication and propagation of arts and culture, facilitating their role in the contemporary society.
Self-initiated multidisciplinary programs by Save or Cancel support the development of the contemporary society by identifying opportunities for sustainable and adaptable (re) valorization of culture.