Italy – Cinema Lumière (Bologna)

Italy - Cinema Lumière (Bologna) Italy - Cinema Lumière (Bologna)


Cinema Lumière is the theatre of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, whose President is Marco Bellocchio. It has been active since 1984 as a single screen. Following the transfer to its new location, situated in the “Manifattura delle Arti”, an ex-industrial area transformed into an artistic and cultural area in 2000, Cinema Lumière has expanded to three screens with 174, 144 and 64 seats. We provide our audiences with the experience of watching films on the big screen spanning the full history of cinema, across all formats (digital but also 35mm and 70mm), and using the newest technologies available for projection. We offer screenings of restored, classic films but also first releases in their original language version, as well as retrospectives and special events.

We provide screenings 7/7 days, offering tickets at the most appealing rates, in order to extend the reach of our audience engagement. We also offer a range of benefits to our cardholders, depending on which type of card they have bought. Our total admissions for 2017 were 124,000.

Particular attention is devoted to young audiences, starting from new parents with babies to toddlers, kids and youngsters for specific screenings, practical and playful activities, summer camps, workshops, regular screenings on weekends, and a dedicated section at the festival, Il Cinema Ritrovato. Each year more than 7,000 youngsters attend our Filmclubs for kids and about 15,000 students are involved in our initiatives.

Cineteca di Bologna film vaults holds a collection of over 70,000 prints including 16mm and 35mm positives and negatives of restored films and collections offering a representation of the full history of cinema. Cineteca’s L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory has established its reputation in the world of film archives thanks to the restoration of masterpieces by Leone, Chaplin, Pasolini, the Lumière brothers, Visconti, Murnau, Renoir, De Sica, Fellini, Rossellini and many others.

The last initiative we launched, in 2018, was our Saturday and Sunday morning screenings, followed by a breakfast, provided by one of the finest bakeries in Bologna: the first screenings were each attended by more than 400 people.

Each Summer, in June, Cinema Lumière closes. But contemporary and classic film screenings continue via the open-air auditoria in Bologna’s main square, Piazza Maggiore: here, for fifty consecutive evenings, free screenings are held for the city. The atmosphere that people breathe in during these screenings is magical, and it starts anew every night in front of more than 3,000 people.

Gian Luca Farinelli, Director.

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