Cinema Galeries

Koninginnegalerij, Galerie de la Reine 26,
Brussels 1000

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Cinema Galeries

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Located near the Grand Place in the covered Galerie de la Reine. The nearest Metro stop is the Gare Centrale. A space within the galerie exhibited Belgium’s first film in 1896.

The Galeries Cinema opened in 1939, with an Art Deco style and the foyer remains intact today. In 1973 the auditorium was split laterally into two screens and there are traces of the Art Deco style decoration still to be seen in the lower one. As of 2009, Salle 1 has 212 seats and Salle 2 has 180 seats.

Newer European arthouse films are often shown in this stylish cinema. The Ecran Total Festival every summer shows over 90 films with 900 screenings.

The Cinema Arenberg was closed on 31st December 2011. It was taken over by new operators and re-opened as Cinema Galeries on 29th February 2012.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

cinebxl
cinebxl on October 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm

The first film was not shown in that cinema, but in the same gallery.The premises where those of a newspaper called “La Chronique”.
The cinema was first called Galeries (1939-1987).Then Arenberg-Galeries (1987-2006) and from
april 2006 : Arenberg

irishcine
irishcine on October 26, 2008 at 11:44 pm

The first public showing of the Lumiere process in Belgium was indeed held in a theatre in this indoor gallery, but not as the earlier poster says, at the current location of the Arenberg, but elsewhere. This was on 1 March 1896, not 1895.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Photo taken this month of larger auditorium facing the curtained screen:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sblackley/3524961472/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

2008 photo of one of the auditoriums, facing screen:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/smmot/2698766289/

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