Almeria City - Casa del Cine

La Casa del Cine,  where Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields © Michelle Chaplow
La Casa del Cine, the villa where Lennon wrote the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields"
Museum of Cinema is housed in the refurbished Santa Isabel © Michelle Chaplow
The Museum of Cinema is housed in the refurbished Santa Isabel (known locally as Cortijo Romero)

CASA DEL CINE

by Chris Chaplow

The Museum of Cinema is housed in the refurbished Santa Isabel (known locally as Cortijo Romero), where John Lennon stayed in 1966 while filming the comedy How I Won the War.

The villa, which is also where Lennon wrote the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever, is located in the Villablanca area, outside the centre.

Part of the house is a recreation of when Lennon was there; other actors who stayed at the house include Clint Eastwood and Brigitte Bardot.

The other part is an audiovisual tribute to Almeria as a film location - hundreds of spaghetti western movies were shot near here in the 1960s and 1970s, including Sergio Leone classics The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, as well as the later Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. You can visit two Wild West town film sets in the Tabernas desert.

Events held at the museum include film-themed concerts, exhibitions and film screenings.

The outside will have a small auditorium for presentations. The museum is an off the beaten track, hidden gem.

Watch a number of videos about Cortijo Romero and Case del Cine including Cynthia Lennon's return in the mid 2000's

John Lennon fans can sit next to a bronze statue of John Lennon playing the guitar in Plaza Flores in Almeria centre opposite the Hotel Almeria.

Casa del Cine
Calle Romero 2, 04009, Almeria
Tel: 950 210 030

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 to 13:30 (mornings only)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10:30 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 20:00
Guided tours 10:30am, 12 midday
Monday closed  
Admission: 3 euros

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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