Walking tour

Laeken/Laken’s cinemas – the beating heart of a neighbourhood

In the heyday of local, neighbourhood cinemas, Rue Marie-Christine/Maria-Christinastraat in Laeken/Laken had three of these: the Christine, the Wagram and the Rio. Based on the exhibition Brussels’ cinemas – in augmented reality! , this walk invites you to immerse yourself in a bygone age when cinemas were the only places that had a screen. They played a vital social and cultural role in the lives of their neighbourhoods as a place where residents could meet and be entertained. Valuable archive material and personal recollections will illuminate the subject from a variety of perspectives, spanning history and sociology through to architecture and town planning. There will be a particular focus on the former Rio cinema, its history, the potential revival of this space and the issue of what is done with disused cinemas in general.

In cooperation with Arkadia.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 13:00 and 16:00 (in French); Sat. & Sun. at 15:30 (in Dutch) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).

Venue: Rue Gustave Schildknecht/Gustave Schildknechtstraat 33/6, Brussels-Laeken/Laken
Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.
88 89 Nekkersdal