Movy Club (fully booked)
In 1954, the expanded and renovated Movy Club in Forest/Vorst opened its doors, thrilling cinemagoers with its revamped, colourful decor (including a dark-blue, star-studded vaulted ceiling) and its 14-metre-wide screen and stereophonic sound system that could be used to show films in the brand-new CinemaScope format. No fewer than 400 concealed light bulbs, organised into three circuits, illuminated the shimmering champagne satin curtain as it opened, creating an attractive effect, while indirect light shone from the side walls and sculpted the space between the projector and the screen, and lines of white neon stretched from one end of the auditorium to the other. The cinema’s operator, Jean-Louis Houssa, kept audiences coming back for more with his varied weekly programmes, making Movy Club Brussels’ leading neighbourhood cinema.
The cinema will reopen to the public in 2024, looking just as it did in 1954. A new generation of cinemagoers will thus be able to admire the dark-blue, star-studded vaulted ceiling, the pink cladding on the side walls, the champagne satin curtain, the Versailles grey-blue edging around the screen, the glistening gold finishings and the bright crimson that was uncovered by an on-site stratigraphic analysis carried out in a bid to determine the colours originally used in the complex.
Guided tours, Sun. at 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30 (French) 10:30, 12:00, 14:30 and 16:00 (Dutch). In cooperation with Arkadia.
Visitors to the site on the Heritage Days will be given a map of the auditorium that will allow them to identify all the points of interest and gain a deeper understanding of the difficulties involved in restoring the cinema’s original colour scheme, which is currently hidden by the paint applied when the site was refurbished in 1977. A seat dating from 1954 has been restored and will be on display, along with a 3D virtual model.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
rue des Moines/Monnikenstraat 21, Forest/Vorst
Advance booking required