The Cineteatro São Luiz, equipment of the Secretary of Culture of Ceará (Secult Ce) managed by the Instituto Dragão do Mar (IDM), is an architectural landmark in the city of Fortaleza and one of the most beautiful cinemas in Brazil in addition to being one of the few outdoor movie theaters still in operation today. It is not by chance that it has great symbolic, historical and affective value for the people of Ceará.
Some furniture and props have remained unchanged since the opening in March 1958, such as chandeliers, sofas, ticket urns and mirrors. The entrance hall is in Carrara marble (from the province of Massa and Carrara in Lunigiana, Italy). It has three crystal chandeliers from the present day Czech Republic, staircases, carpets and imposing paintings.
The decoration of the main hall, based on art deco references (launched in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris, reached its peak in the 1930s.), emphasizes geometric and linear shapes, in addition to an multitude of colors and textures, having been designed by Osório Ferreira and Marcelino Guido Budini.
Reopened as Cineteatro São Luiz with the ability to host diverse performing arts experiences, the resumption of daily programmes took place in May of 2015. Cineteatro currently has a capacity of 1,050 seats.
Democratic, vibrant, and accessible to all people of Ceará, it is a place which has become a reference for cultural diffusion and artistic appreciation, where its audiences have been embracing diversity in a joyful way.