This museum does quite a lot. First, its two theatres daily screen five movies from the archives. Silent movies have live piano accompaniment, just like the earliest days of cinema. The archives have over 70,000 films. The permanent exhibit is dedicated entire to the history of cinema, with rare artefacts, old magazines and press clippings. Check the museum website for upcoming shows. For true film buffs this museum can turn out to be a pretty nostalgic experience. Students of film and researchers can pore through material in the library.
- Disabled accessible.
- Under 16s not allowed without parents.
- Check out the shop.
- CINEMATEK: EUR 4
- Monday and Wednesday: 9:30am - 5pm
- Friday: 9:30am - 1pm
- Closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, August, and from Christmas to New Year.
- Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm
- Thursday and Sunday: 2:30pm
- Friday and Saturday: 5pm
- Trams 92, 93; Buses 38, 71, N04, N05, N06, No9, N10, N11, N12 stop Koning/Royale
- Subway 2, 6 stop Trone
- Subway 1, 5 stop Gare Centrale
- Buses 54, 71, N11 stop Ducale
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Great place to see old films. Cheap. Also silent films in a separate room. Open everyday. There is a small museum on the early days of motion pictures (hidden at the back of the ticket desk). Reading room with a good selection of film magazines.
One of the most underrated cultural places in Brussels, hosting one of the richest movies collection in the world! And the most outrageous fact is that this institution have no official funding like other national film institutes. The forum is free to visit, with the small but great permanent exposition (Wunderkamer). For movies buff and cinema, check the website for the trimester program. There are a bunch of classics showing up every year in original language (Chaplin, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Bergman, etc) and more rare gems in thematic programmes. Watching a classic from the silent era with live piano music is a fulfilling experience which I recommend to everyone and especially casual viewers going usually in modern movie multiplexes. No food and no drinks allowed, no ads (so movies are on time), be sure to be there in advance to be sure to get access to the movie.
Cheap seats for great old movies! I go here two or three times a month: the theatres are intimate with only 20-30 seats, and play great old movies. If possible, go to the silent shows with the live piano accompaniment, they are a real experience.
Good films but hard to get tkts and no air con
Very nice selection of films. They also have a nice, but small, exhibit on early filmmaking in the main entrance!