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Hardcore film fans don't just settle for popcorn flicks and the occasional downloads. They go out of their way to score some cinematic gems, soak in film history, or master the art of making movies. SPOT.ph has come up with a guide to the top 10 spots that offer screenings, workshops, and tours for cinema buffs in Manila.
1. ALLIANCE FRANÃ—¡AISE DE MANILLE
209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
Tel. nos. 895-7585 or 895-7441
Screens films every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
This isn't just a place where you can learn French. It also hosts free screenings of the latest films from France. (Don't worry, they're subtitled.) The filmgoers here are usually students and expats–both members and non-members. There are no age restrictions applied even if movies have adult themes–food and drinks are not allowed inside the auditorium. The place also lends DVD copies of French films. Unfortunately, only members can borrow DVDs. So, if you're really into French films and your ultimate dream is to watch sans the subtitles, consider applying.
Visit the Alliance Française de Manille website for more details about their membership requirements and rates.
2. BLACKSOUP CAFÉ + ARTSPACE
Unit G, 154 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. no. 435-2549
Screens films every second and last Friday of the month at 8:00 p.m.
Situated in a neighborhood hailed for its art scene, it is no surprise that Blacksoup offers free film screenings for its diners. They don't really favor any particular genre. "We [show films] that suit the month," said owner and chef Avic Ilagan. In the past, they've screened films by Stanley Kubrick and Federico Fellini. Those arthouse picks attracted artists, filmmakers, and students from nearby universities. DVDs of rare films are also sold here.