Roma, the 2018 movie by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is up for 10 Academy Awards. Set in 1970 and 1971, the film is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City. The title refers to Colonia Roma, a neighborhood in the city.
Like many movies before it, Roma`s film location is triggering a speight of tourism interest. Swathes of moviegoers are showing up to photograph the movie`s now iconic buildings.
Lomas Travel invites you to follow the ‘Roma Route’
The following locations are places that form part of the narrative of the film. In some cases, they still remain out of sight within the urban landscape of Mexico City. Here, Lomas Travel presents some of the most stand out locations in ‘Roma’. With this definitive guide, you will be able to create a route that passes through the sites that inspire the scenes of the film.
21 Tepeji Street
This house is the home where the characters of the film live. For the purposes of the movie, only the façade can be seen. The interior of the house was reconstructed in a set according to the memories of Cuarón. Most importantly for the movie`s accuracy, the objective was to recreate the house where his youth lived in the Roma neighborhood.
La Casa del Pavo
This restaurant still exists in the heart of Mexico City`s historical center. This is where Cleo and Adela would go to eat on their days off. Inaugurated in 1901, the restaurant`s specialty is turkey cakes (although many claim that the cod ones taste even better).
Address: Motolinia 40, Centro Histórico, Centro.
Cine de las Américas
Although its original structure no longer exists, this cinema opened its doors to the public in 1952. Most noteworthy is its entire recreation on one of the largest sets ever made for a Cuarón movie. Therefore, the place where the characters go to the movies, as he did in his childhood, is now immortal.
Address: Tlaxcala 160, Hipódromo Condesa.
This venue stands out for having an art deco facade which takes its inspiration from New York`s Rockefeller Center and the Radio City Music Hall. Significantly, the theatre operated constantly until its closure in the 90s and later reopened its doors to become what is now known as a center of entertainment.
Address: Av. Independencia 90, colonia Centro.
This Kindergarten served as the principal location for the film where the character of Cleo took the youngest member of the family. This place bears the name of Kinder Condesa. However, its true location is in South Roma. Impressively, it has been in operation for the last 70 years.
Address: Tlaxcala 105, Roma Sur, Cuauhtémoc.
Corpus Christi Massacre
Cuarón introduces one of the most controversial events in the history of Mexico into ‘Roma.’ the Corpus Christi massacre took place at this subway station on June 10, 1971. A peaceful demonstration of students in support of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon escalated into a violent confrontation with the paramilitary group known as “Los Halcones.” At least 120 people perished. However, the authorities never took responsibility for these heinous acts. Most significantly, those responsible have never faced justice.
Address: Calzada México – Tacuba y Avenida de los Maestros, Tlaxpana.
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