Located within the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Centre for Fine Arts), CINEMATEK is the showcase of the collections of the Cinémathèque Royale (Royal Film Library, one of the most extensive in the world).
110 years of cinema - 45 FILMS a week
On the programme: the cinema from every angle, contemporary or from times past, fiction, documentaries, reflection of the current scene and history of the 7th art in the form of retrospectives, cycles and numerous gatherings. For all sections of the public, occasional visitors or well-informed film buffs. The films are screened in their original cinematographic form, in original version usually subtitled. Both projection rooms are equipped with high-performance facilities. Silent films are always accompanied by live piano. Exhibition-wise, pre-cinema mechanisms that can be operated and systems for viewing digitized images can be found alongside each other in an ultra-contemporary scenographic display.
A mansion house built in the late 15th century by the Clèves-Ravenstein family near the Palace of Charles V is home to the headquarters of the Cinémathèque and its specialist Resource Centre. Having survived the radical upheaval suffered by the Mont des Arts district, Clèves House remains the only vestige of private seigneurial architecture in Brussels. Apart from the Reading Room of the Book Library, this building in the Gothic style of Brabant is not open to visitors but don’t miss the chance to admire its façade and inner courtyard.