Cinema Orion opened in 1928 and it is the oldest cinema in Helsinki still operating in its beautiful art deco setting. Before our era, the cinema was operated by The Finnish National Film Archive (1984-2018) and has sustained its importance as a place to go for cinema lovers.
Elävän kuvan keskus ELKE ry, a cultural association founded by filmmakers and film professionals, manages the venue since 2019. The aim of the association is to enrichen the film culture with diverse film programming in the cinema and distributing film classics in Finland.
Our film program consists of art-house premieres, film classics, cult films and series curated around certain themes. We often invite special guests and host discussions accompanying the films. Cinema Orion is also an important venue for numerous film festivals and cross-disciplinary cultural events. We love to organise themed events and try new things and collaborations.
In marketing and communication, we tend to work through many channels from social media to traditional posters and newsletters apart from collaborating with potential partners to reach new audiences.
For us is important to have an inclusive cinema and offer access to high-quality film culture for everybody. We have special programs for example for seniors and families and we do our best to serve international audiences by screening films with English subtitles. We also work currently with young audiences by organizing classic film courses for local high schools in collaboration with film educators.
The heart of Cinema Orion is collectivity. We have an active group of volunteers, board members and a programming team, taking an innovative role in developing the activities of the cinema. We try to listen carefully wishes of our audience. We have created a club for the friends of Cinema Orion which offers not only reductions for cinema tickets and local bars and restaurants, but also, free events and visits to interesting locations that film lovers might appreciate.
Together we continue to create a more vibrant film culture in our city and beyond!