JOIN | SUBSCRIBE | español


Albéniz Cinema - Malaga

Malaga’s iconic cinema has re-opened its doors on Calle Alcazabilla to some of the best movies of all time. Four screening rooms with a permanent programme jam-packed with European films, original version movies with subtitles, Spanish cinema, thematic cycles, festivals, retrospectives, and advanced 3D technology. Cinema has returned to Malaga!


By:  Lakshmi I. Aguirre
 Send to a friend Close X 

Spread the word! A link to this article will be included in your message.

  *Recipient's email address:
  *Your name:
  Personal message (optional):
250 characters max.
 
We do not save or reuse your email address for any other purpose than to send this article to your friend.

Travel NotesFind out more about this city with our insider guide.
EventsFind out what’s on! Check out our events guide for Andalusia.
Malaga cinema
Birth: 1945
Location: Malaga
Stands out for: a programme of independent cinema
Did you know? you can become a member for free and enjoy great ticket discounts

In May 2009 news reached the streets of Malaga that the Albéniz Cinema was closing due to the expropriation of the cinema by the town hall. “Those who love high quality cinema in Malaga are going to be left stranded as of Sunday,” declaimed the local newspaper Diario Sur. The feeling was felt across the city. Since 1945 the cinema had been a meeting point for film buffs eager to watch the hundreds of independent films that had been premiered on the screens located in this emblematic building on calle Alcazabilla.

There were protests and fans created blogs and forums on the Internet. One of these was the Foro Malagueño por la Cinemateca that started it’s life online with several videos starring people who reached the doors of the cinema only to find that its doors were closed. “We are worried about the recent closure of the Albeniz Cinema. Your audience and your Malaga haven’t forgotten you,” declared several obituaries.

SimpleViewer requires Macromedia Flash. Get Macromedia Flash.
This is a WPSimpleViewerGallery


One year and nine million euros later, the doors of this historic building that was created in the midst of the postwar period, have been opened again under new direction: The Malaga Spanish Film Festival. To celebrate the opening they have new plans for the programme. “We want to ensure that locals get the chance to enjoy the best and most prestigious films in their original version in the centre of Malaga,” explains Juan Luis Artacho, the director of programming and communication at the Albeniz Cinema.

That’s why Wes Anderson, François Ozon, André Techiné, Goran Paskaljevic and Hirokazu Kore-eda are just some of the directors whose films can be seen at the revamped cinema. You can also catch Spanish films (Que se mueran los feos, Rabia, Familystrip, Habitación en Roma, La mirada de Ouka Leele…) and the latest 3D movies. One of the additions to the facilities in the recent refit has been the addition of 3D equipment in the new and improved Albeniz Cinema.

The good news has provoked a bittersweet reaction amongst film lovers in Malaga. Suspicion has been predominant in a city used to cultural disappointment, but bit by bit the audience is regaining its confidence. To celebrate a new era the organizers have tried to implicate locals with the cinema by creating the Club Albéniz: “we decided that it was important to have a direct relationship with film buffs in the area in order to be able to communicate directly and allow them to participate in the programming,” explains Artacho. Feedback? “Our members specifically requested that we screen the 2010 Oscar winning documentary The Cove. We did. As far as possible we hope to bring films that locals want to see,” promises the director of programming.

The first Polish Film Festival in Malaga was one of the first festivals to take place at the cinema and there are plans afoot to include “a cinema and jazz festival, flamenco festival, a Hindu cycle, the Costa del Sol International Fantastic Film Festival and we hope to kick-start several thematic cycles focused on particular directors and countries such as Italy, France, Finland, Brazil and Japan amongst others”. With a bar on the ground floor and a screening room that fits 350 people, the Albeniz Cinema is an ideal venue for such events.

Nearby, the Alcazaba rises magestic over the city, offering a spectacular backdrop for the seventh art. The recently restored Roman Theatre and the reforms planned for calle Alcazabilla augur positive changes for the area frequented by locals who provide ample business for the surrounding bars and restaurants, as well as the box office of the cinema.


Getting there?


Cine Albéniz
C/ Alcazabilla, 4
Málaga, Málaga
952229856

Price: €5-€9.
Win tickets at Tertulia Andaluza!

Members club Club Albéniz
Discounted prices (except for 3D projections), invitations to premiers and weekly newsletter for all members of Club Albéniz. Sign up online.


Ver Tertulia Andaluza en un mapa más grande

Links






1 comment

Pon tu propia imagen con Gravatar
El 20 September 2010 a las 4:54 PM, Maria dijo...

En el Albeniz di mi primer beso a mi pareja,cual pareja de los años 70… Asi que es una buena noticia que no tiren el escenario de mi recuerdo
Un saludo!



Post a comment about this article :

Don´t forget: Comments that are inappropriate will be edited or deleted. Your email address will never be published. Remember that the fields marked with a * are obligatory.







Search 
bar

 

questions

Who? Why? What? ... ASK US.
ayuda

 

EVENTS
CULTURE
BUSINESS
EXPLORE
SOCIETY
SERVICES
Tertulia Andaluza S.L. 2020 © All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions. Tertulia Andaluza Web Design