Movie Theater under Arnarhóll Hill?

The entrance would be from Lækjargata street.

The entrance would be from Lækjargata street.

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After reading about the financial trouble of the downtown movie theater Bíó Paradís recently, architect Sigurður Gústafsson dug into his drawer to take a look at an old idea of his: a movie theater to be located under Arnarhóll hill. “I was affected by this [news]; we desperately need a center for this popular art form, movies, in this country,” he tells Morgunblaðið.

A view of the entrance.

A view of the entrance.

“It’s not the surface of the hill that generates the most interest, but what lies underneath - an opportunity yet to be used, the darkness,” Sigurður states. “The darkness is like a blank page. If illuminated, room and shape and pictures become visible. A movie is of the same sort, where light produces pictures, along with movement and time.”

From inside the potential movie theater.

From inside the potential movie theater.

He believes a movie theater at this location could make use of existing roads and parking facilities during the evening hours, when traffic is otherwise limited.

In 1990, while working for a Swedish architecture firm, Sigurður was asked to design a movie theater to be located under Gothenburg’s main square. The project, however, was never realized.

Sigurður Gústafsson, architect.

Sigurður Gústafsson, architect. Friðrik Tryggvason

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