Fien Troch and Jean-Luc Dardenne let Brussels cinema one hundred years old to revive

Four rooms, a restaurant and a programming of mainly Belgian arthouse: after fifteen years of ongoing renovations feel the Brussels cinema Palace getting ready for the future.


On the Brussels Anspach, a few steps far from the AB and the Beursschouwburg, revives today, even a cultural temple with a story: cinema Palace, the oldest cinema of Brussels, who, after a long history the doors to open.

That history of the building is long and bumpy. The French film company Pathé founded in 1913 as a grand-palais d’attractions in. It Later became a showroom of elektromerk Bauknecht and even a car park. Twenty years ago, cinema Kladaradatsch! there than in, but that quickly went bankrupt. Even the National Theatre had its place.

Today, Palace is a cinema of the 21st century, and so more than movies to offer. The complex has a restaurant in its own management and spaces for receptions. The new player on the film market will also focus on partnerships with schools.

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The money comes from the French-speaking community, but there are also Flemish people in the non-profit association, director Fien Troch. . ‘There are dreaming every director of? “This is important for the Belgian cinema,” she says in The Standard. ‘The Flemish film, it is difficult in Brussels, while French-language films are struggling in Flanders. This cinema will be like in the city include: multilingual and multicultural.’ Filmmaker Luc Dardenne is the chairman of the board of directors of the association that the cinema operates and wants Palace to ‘a cosmopolitan place.

The opening film on February 27, Hannah is by Andrea Pallaoro, a Belgian co-production with Charlotte Rampling in the lead role. In order to get the cinema 99.000 visitors per year. Dardenne is in The Morning already hopeful: “In large cities happens about 15 percent of the bioscoopbezoeken in a arthousecinema. In Brussels is that not 9 percent. There is therefore room for manoeuvre.’

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