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Cine Plaza, Montevideo, by Uruguayan architect Rafael Lorente Escudero

Plaza Cinema, Montevideo, by architect Rafael Lorente Escudero

At the end of the 1940s, Uruguayan architect Rafael Lorente Escudero, a friend of the Mandellos, designed a modernist cinema, apartment and shop complex in the centre of Montevideo, which was completed in 1953. The two cinemas, the Plaza and the Central, much beloved for decades by the Montevideans, symbolize the golden age of modern architecture and high cinema attendance in Uruguay.