Kino Bize is an art-house cinema in Riga’s Art Nouveau district, right across the street from a building designed by Sergei Eisenstein’s father. The small and cosy venue has a homey atmosphere where staff and guests experience cinema as a space for conversation. Kino Bize showcases European arthouse and national films, and each year the cinema organizes two documentary film festivals and hosts various other festival programmes, retrospectives, discussions, meetings with filmmakers, silent film screenings with live music, occasional concerts etc.
Being a young team ourselves, also the majority of our visitors are young people. We use a lot of social media to communicate with our audience, to portray the everyday life of the cinema. At our events, we often offer an open stage to young film enthusiasts, invite them to present films and to moderate Q&A’s.
In the recent couple of years, we have developed a focus on young audiences. We organise special screenings for school groups during the week and every second Sunday we invite families for children’s mornings. Children’s programme features animations of high artistic quality followed by thematically related creative workshops – these events have quickly become popular. Our youngest audience members, however, are infants in our regular baby-parent screenings. Also, we highlight family friendly repertoire in our regular programme to emphasize films that are suitable for spectators of all ages.