Sphinx cinema is located in the historical centre of Ghent. There has been a cinema at this venue for more than 100 years. And being surrounded by many historical churches, the site is quite impressive.
Ghent is a university city but attracts many tourists as well, due to its medieval heritage. Situated in the heart of town, the cinema therefore gathers local citizens, students, tourists, etc. Next to the cinema you can find Sphinx café, which is an important asset for our visitors as well as for the organization of events linked to cinema screenings as receptions, parties, debates, concerts.
The cinema has 5 screens ranging from 50 to 240 seats. In addition to the regular film program (which emphasizes on quality European films, high-quality Flemish films, films by young filmmakers, etc.) we are also known as a low-threshold house of trust that offers numerous events and keeps the door open for several collaborations with organizers and partners. In this way we have become a meeting point and a house that offers opportunities to filmmakers, organizers and a diverse audience.
There are festivals all year round and every week we organize special screenings, often with guests. For this we cooperate with a large number of local and long distance partners or organizers. It involves organizations of all kind, but especially the local film industry finds its way to Sphinx. This concerns film educators, young and established filmmakers, small and well-known film producers, directors of documentaries and short films, film press etc.
By giving diverse communities the chance to present their work and thoughts in our cinema we have not only become a house of trust, they help us in attracting very diverse young audiences and thus, have a constant stream of new input on many levels.