Cinémas Choisis


  • Joana Gouveia Alves École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne image/svg+xml




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


his essay analyzes the cinemas that were featured in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui from 1930 until 1939. This being one of the most influential magazines for the spread of Modern Movement ideas, its editorial line focused on the adaptation of building to function and on the distinction between European and American cinemas. Theoretical texts separated classic live theatre from cinema design since programme and features were completely different. Far from American euphoria and classic theatre sobriety, how was architecture for cinema envisaged?

How to Cite

Alves, J. G. (2012). Cinémas Choisis. Docomomo Journal, (47), 52–55.







Author Biography

Joana Gouveia Alves, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

(Coimbra, 1982) works at the Laboratory of History and Theory of Architecture (LTH2), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and is doing the IST-EPFL Joint Initiative Doctoral Programme. Previously, she studied architecture at the University of Coimbra and École Nationale Superieur de Paris-La Villette (Erasmus) and worked as an architect at PMKJ Architects and Orange architecture in Coimbra. She is interested in the research fields of conservation and conversion of modernist buildings (in particular cinema theatres) and sustainability in architecture. During her studies she has always been interested in architectural theory: she wrote her final thesis about sustainable architecture theory and worked for Nu magazine (redactor and editor).


All the articles concerning cinema published in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA) in the period 1930–1939.