04.09.2018

Five Little Movie Theatres

A limited number of seats, independent films and an ‘underground’ vibe: that's what we love about the small cinemas, bravely withstanding the multiplex and Netflix eras

  • Five Little Movie Theatres

Why go out to go to the movies when Netflix & Co. bring the same stars, contents, and directors directly into our homes? Because the movie theatre is not just a frame, it is part of the image, of the experience, a place that has a history of its own. Operating a small cinema in 2018 is a political act, a practical form of resistance to the rapid changes that film production and consumption have been undergoing over the last few years. The good news is, someone is really doing it: here are five tiny movie theatres around the world that you should definitely know.
 
Uplink (Shibuya, Tokyo)
A temple of entertainment in the heart of Tokyo’s nightlife district, Uplink was founded in 1987 and includes three theatres including the smallest one in Japan, with only 40 seats, screening local and international independent films along with with documentaries and (a  few) box office hits.
 
Nitehawk (Williamsburg, New York City)
Founded in 2011, this unique place has set an absolute record, overcoming the last traces of Prohibitionism, i.e. the law that forbid the consumption of alcohol in cinemas. Inside its three theatres (respectively featuring 30, 62, and 90 seats) the audience can enjoy drinks and gourmet food while watching art films, documentaries, and international hits.
 
Sun Pictures (Broome, Australia)
The oldest open-air cinema in the world, Sun Pictures was born in 1903 as a theatre founded by the Yamasaki family and later turned into a movie theatre. With the sea for a backdrop and the beach for a floor (before the sea barriers were built, at high tide you could watch a movie with your feet in the water), this one-of-a-kind place has really been a witness to the history of film and of Australia - a living documentary on cinema.
 
Il Cinemino (Milan)
This newborn, crowdfunded movie theatre aims at reviving the single-screen neighborhood cinema concept. Yet it’s not just about nostalgia: with 75 seats and a beautiful retro-style bar, il Cinemino constantly hosts popular and emerging directors, actors and screenwriters from around the world to talk about their work, screening films of all genres and for all ages from the early afternoon on.
 
Le Brady (Paris)
Choosing a movie theatre in Paris is no easy task: after all, this is the city where it all began back in 1895. Le Brady is one of the few movie theatres in the Strasbourg-St.Denis district, and it boasts none other than François Truffaut among its past frequent patrons. Which should not surprise us, since Le Brady has always been screening niche films along with international hits. Its smallest salle has only 39 seats where you can enjoy art films in a quiet and charming atmosphere.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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