Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cine UFA Palacio - Art Palacio

Cine UFA Palacio em construção. Cinema para 4.000 espectadores.

Inauguração do UFA Palacio em 13 Novembro 1936.

13 Novembro 1936.

'O ébrio' de Gilda de Abreu com Vicente Celestino, no Cine UFA Palacio, em 1946.
'O ébrio' estreia em 2 Dezembro 1946, no Cine Art Palacio. (26 Novembro 1946).
foto do Cine Art Palacio por Antonio Aguillar. O filme que passava era do Dean Martin.
'Carnaval em lá maior' premiere in 1955. 

In the mid-1960s they opened this gallery named 'Grandes Galerias' that cut through Avenida São João through to Rua 24 de Maio. It was supposed to be something like a shopping-centre but it stood half-empty for more than 10 years. Then, when the downtown area had already descended into decay this particular gallery 'took off' and now its shop-spaces are probably filled to capacity. It panders to young Blacks, punks and rock'n'rollers and it is known as Galeria do Rock (Rock's Gallery).
Trio Cristal, a musical group from Paraguay who made São Paulo their home pose for a photo inside Grandes Galerias in 1961.
Galeria do Rock in the mid-1970s. 
escalators is the name of the game at Galeria do Rock. 
'Grandes Galerias' started its life in 1963. The building was projected by Alfredo Mathias, the same architect who designed the Shopping Center Iguatemi.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rua Augusta & Avenida Santo Amaro

Rua Augusta in 1966, modified by artist Jaime Silva Ponciano.
looking up toward Avenida Paulista... 1960s.
Newly-inaugurated the huge Conjunto Nacional building on the corner of Avenida Paulista & rua Augusta; see the tram rails laid on the street; Restaurant Fasano had been moved up from Avenida Sao Luiz; it had a big hall where international stars would perform to selected audiences; Cine Astor was the most modern cinema in town circa 1961.
1 9 6 3 - huge Borba Gato statue where Avenida Santo Amaro forks out to the right and Avenida Adolfo Pinheiro is on the right. 
Avenida Santo Amaro in 1967.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


building of the infamous 'minhocão' in 1970, that spelt the end of Sao Paulo as it had been known since the turn of the century...
Avenida Ipiranga looking up to Igreja Consolação up in the background... 
Edificio Andraus before the great 1972 fire. 

Bus terminal at Praça da Bandeira in 1977. 

The Seventies were called the Lead Years due to the Military Dictatorship that raged the country. General Elections were last held in a distant 1963. Presidents were chosen among a clique of military men; governors of the 22 states were hand-picked by the same gang; mayors of major cities like São Paulo, were 'appointed' according to the dictators' whims. Land reform was not heard of anymore... and a great migration from the poorer Northeast started into the already too big cities in the South making them dysfunctional places that survive into the 2000s. Ugly was the name of the game. As ugly as this 1973 photo of Praça Duque de Caxias and its concrete police stand.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

AV. SAO JOAO towards Av. Duque de Caxias

 Praça Julio Mesquita - Avenida S.João in 1950.

 boy & girl look out at Avenida São João as tram-cars travel west towards Lapa and east towards the city.
Lojas Pirani circa 1967.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Praca da Se... from 1939 to 2012.

Palacete Santa Helena, on the left-hand side of the Cathedral.
18 July 1930

25 January 1954.
25 January 1954.
In September 1947, Cinemundi shows an MGM flick while Cine Santa Helena shows Cantinflas' 'E tinha 3 sinaes'.
Cathedral front in September 1947. On the right Acliamação bus stop.

Lynn, Marcelo & Sarah Anne on the verge of entering the Cathedral - 2012.

Parque Dom Pedro II


Parque Dom Pedro is a lying low area where Rio Tamanduateí ran. As it was prone to get flooded every year they decided to make a park out of it. Shanghai Park an amusement park was built for the masses and it was a nice area.

From the 1960s on this area started being neglected and after the military took over in 1964 it suffered more & more degradation with highways crossing it and disfiguring what had been a nice place even though the river had been polluted for more than 50 years.

the imposing figure of a peasant sowing his seeds on Parque D.Pedro II having São Paulo skyline in the background. This statue was uprooted from there and 'exiled' to the outskirts of town near CEAGESP in Jaguaré when the Park was torn apart and criss-crossed with highways leading nowhere in the 1970s when the Military ruled the country with iron-fisted hands. As a result of ill-conceived planning Parque D. Pedro had an instant death and is only lingering on the brink of infamy and opprobrium ever since.
This is popular clown Carequinha riding a ride at Parque Shangai's Amusement Park in the late 1950s when the Park was a healthy and beautiful place and not a dumping ground as today.