The summer of 1946 was a momentous one in the history of European cinema. In the space of ten days, two new international festivals came to life and a third was reborn. On the evening of the 23rd of August, the Locarno Festival kicked off with a screening of Giacomo Gentilomo's "O sole mio" on the sloping lawn of the Grand Hotel.

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1971: the first screen appears on the Piazza Grande. Inspired by the architect Livio Vacchini, it changes the face of the Festival forever.

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The Piazza Grande, the home of cinema, welcomes up to 8000 spectators every night.

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