Cinema São Jorge

The Cinema São Jorge, an example of 1950s Portuguese architecture located on Avenida da Liberdade, offers a varied programme, throughout the year, focussing primarily on the city’s main film festivals, as well as countless preview screenings, music concerts and theatre shows.

One of Lisbon’s most famous cinemas, it was built in the late 1940s, commissioned by the Anglo-Portuguese Film Society, designed by architect Fernando Silva and inaugurated in 1950. Its innovative and bold design won it the City Architecture Award after a unanimous vote that same year. Considered a ‘modern building’, it moved away from the Nationalist architectural style which was in full-force at the time, adopting new construction methods, namely the use of concrete, which enabled new structural and decorative features to be developed.

In the early 1980s, was divided into three smaller film theatres, holding a seating capacity of 1354 seats. In 2000, the building became property of Lisbon City Council and after carrying out an intervention on its façade and interior renovations, it was reopened in November 2001. Since then, it has been open to the public, offering regular film screenings (commercial and previews), as well as hosting high-profile festivals and other performing arts events, such as dance, theatre and music performances. This building is currently in the process of being listed as a building of public interest.


Accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Movie Theatre
Avenida da Liberdade, 175
1250-141 Lisboa

Box office hours
Non-performance days: 1 PM to 8 PM
Performance days: from 1 PM until 15 minutes before the last show

Manoel de Oliveira Room
Capacity: 830 (3 reduced mobility)
Equipment: 2D 3D digital cinema system and 35mm; front lighting; video converter.

Room 2
Capacity: 250 standing (without chairs) or 150 seated.
Equipment: video; audio; lighting.

Room 3
Capacity: 199 (4 reduced mobility)
Equipment: digital cinema system and 35mm; video converter.

Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 12 AM

709, 711, 732, 736
Parque Mayer, Rua do Salitre