Refurbished Palafox Cinema reopens in Madrid

Madrid’s Palafox Cinema has reopened to the public after a two-year refurbishment of the well-known 1960s landmark.

Chapman Taylor’s elegant refurbishment of the 350-seat movie theatre for Yelmo Cines creates a luxury environment which combines the ambience and comfort of the golden age of cinema with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology.

The lobby, bar area and public amenities have been completely modernised, using retro design touches, with a striking motif of black and gold materials blending with marble and glass throughout. Food and drink can be ordered from the bar or from the automatic kiosks in the lobby.

The luxury upgrade involved the provision of large leather recliners to host approximately 50 people in each of the seven theatres, with more space between the rows, folding tables, small lamps and buttons for calling waiters to your seat during the trailers if customers want a gin & tonic, hamburger or crêpe.

The cinemas will show a mix of the biggest films, in both original and dubbed versions, starting with the current Hollywood blockbuster The Joker.

Chapman Taylor Madrid's Julia Velázquez, Florentino González, and Natalia Rodríguez, attended the opening party.

Mikel Barriola (B Arch, Dip Arch, ARB BEDA (Hons) COAM)

Director, Madrid

Mikel joined Chapman Taylor in 1997 and became a Director of the Madrid studio in 2003. He is now the Managing Director and takes responsibility for the general management of the studio including design, technical, financial and office administration.

With a well-established track-record, Mikel has experience on major projects across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, with design expertise in retail, leisure, residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Urban Regeneration / Retail / Leisure

Mikel se incorporó a Chapman Taylor en 1997 y se convirtió en Director del Estudio de Madrid en 2003. Hoy en día es el Director General y tiene la responsabilidad de la dirección general del Estudio (diseño, parte técnica y financiera y administración de la oficina).

La experiencia que posee Mikel se extiende por toda Europa, Medio Oriente, África y Sudamérica siendo especialista en el diseño de centros comerciales, de ocio, viviendas, hoteles y proyectos de uso mixto.

Áreas de especialización:

Planes Directores / Uso Mixto / Regeneración urbana / Centros Comerciales / Ocio

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