Fantasporto for all seventh art lovers
This is the city that every year hosts the renowned International Film Festival — Fantasporto — already on its 37th edition. If you’re planning on going to Porto very soon, between the 24th of February and the 4th of March, make sure you visit the Rivoli Theatre (right at the city centre). After all, we are talking about one of the most prestigious European film festivals, attracting people not only from the rest of the country or Europe, but from the whole world. From auteur cinema to amateur movies, it is a celebration of the seventh art and it focus on principles like innovation, research, promotion and dissemination of Portuguese, European and world cinema, always allied to music and performing arts.
Cinema at the famous Rivoli Theatre
It hosts the Fantasporto festival as well as other artistic manifestations such as theater, music or dance. It stands (with simplicity and beauty) at the Dom João I Square, and it is one of the city’s greatest cultural symbols and an essential mark on portuense culture. It has two auditoriums, a lounge area and a restaurant. Currently, and after several directions came and went, Rivoli is part of the Porto Municipal Theatre along with the Campo Alegre Theatre. The history of Rivoli is first told in 1913 (the year of its opening) and in 1926, when the first films (silent movies at the time) were shown.
Since you are in Porto, you should…
Watch the sun drop at the Douro’s feet and, with such an engaging and romantic landscape, you can take your time to quietly enjoy the scenery around you. Yes, in real life it is also possible to feel and live like we were in a beautiful movie set.