In two different cities and across seven screens, Lumière wants to provide esteemed films for esteemed visitors in the heart of a city. Cinema Lumière in Bruges and cinema Cartoon’s in Antwerp offer a unique cinematic experience that combines the benefits of cinematographic digitization with the charm of the historic buildings they are located in. Next to programming arthouse and cross-over films, is a strong link with the adjacent bar and restaurant essential.
Lumière Cinema was founded 20 years ago in Bruges. This year in September, we will open our fourth auditorium and increase to a total of 354 seats. The next upcoming years, the complete historic building where the cinema is located, will undergo a reconstruction. This will result in Lumière Cinema becoming the central hub in the cultural life of Bruges.
Our second theatre, Cinema Cartoon’s dates back to 1978 and got quickly known as the coziest cinema in Antwerp. Moreover Cartoon’s became a quality label for a decent selection of movies. Since 2014 Lumière continued to carry out this name. Its wine and beer bar, its vivid staff of film enthusiasts and its three cozy rooms, make Cartoon’s a dynamic place firmly embedded in the ancient city center of Antwerp.
Our programming in both theatres is focused on auteur cinema. We make a wide selection where our audience can find crossover films as The Revenant or little diamonds as The Here After or Les Innocentes on our line-up. By providing a wide variety of films, Cartoon’s and Lumière are theatres where the entire city can feel at home.
With a monthly programming and a strong tradition in audience development projects towards schools and youth, we attracted last year more than 135.000 visitors.
Dries Notredame, Programmer