Valletta
A look back at Valletta’s Savoy cinemas! One of Malta’s favourite cinemas from the 1950’s to 1980’s
Do you remember the Savoy cinemas?

Emma Galea

Most people born after the 1970’s and the 1980’s most probably only remember ‘The Savoy’ in Valletta being a shopping centre but before all that it was a beloved cinema for 40 years.

A couple of photos shared onto Pinterest show the popular cinema in its prime.

Opened in 1952, the cinema was quite a huge one compared to the ones open during that time.

It was divided into two different levels, often referred to as Savoy 1 and Savoy who would often simultaneously show two films, a feature which was not very common at the time.

The first floor closed down some time in the late 1970’s as by 1981 it had undergone extensive refurbishment and many shops opened.

By 1987, the cinema upstairs closed down as well and eventually in 1994, the Savoy Shopping Arcade opened.

The cinema holds many fond memories for many people. This was a very popular site for couples going out on their first dates, many of whom are still married to this day. It was also a favourite spot for many group of friends going out.

Pinterest/Louis Cardona & Pinterest/vassallohistorygroup

12th September 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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