After the Cuban revolution, Cuba had nearly 600 cinemas and theaters, including 134 in Havana alone, more than New York City or Paris. Today, fewer than 20 are in use as cinemas. (You may have seen our recent Facebook post sharing an article by Cassandra Brooklyn about going to movies in Cuba.)
Now, Italian photographer Carolina Sandretto has created a book, Cines de Cuba , documenting 300 of these long-abandoned cinemas, some of which have been reclaimed for new purposes.
We’ve seen coverage of this project in places including the American Airlines inflight magazine. Here are three different articles about the project, which include some of her striking images made with a Hasselblad film camera:
Carolina Sandretto’s book can be ordered on Amazon, and we highly recommend supporting artists with projects like this.