Madrid resident turns snowy rooftop into silent movie cinema

An ingenious Madrid silent film fan projected a Charlie Chaplin classic onto a snowy rooftop much to the delight of his neighbours.

Madrid resident turns snowy rooftop into silent movie cinema
Publicity shot from Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The unidentified resident of a street in central Madrid located near Atocha station projected the Charlie Chaplin 1921 classic The Kid onto a rooftop opposite his building.

The film which sees a tramp take in a orphaned Street child was shown in two sittings on Monday, projected through a window onto the rooftop opposite.

It was recorded by a neighbour, Manuel Morales, a journalist at El Pais who posted a video of the cinematic event on Twitter.

At the weekend Madrileños enjoyed the heaviest snowfall in more than fifty years with some residents taking advantage of the opportunity to ski across the capital, while others staged snowball fights or used makeshift toboggans to sledge down snowy slopes.

But after Storm Filomena passed, a cold front brought plummeting temperatures that has left conditions perilous.

Snow up to 50 cms deep has turned into immoveable blocks of ice and made both driving on uncleared roads and walking on icy sidewalks highly dangerous.



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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.