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Top 10 Spots for Manila's Film Buffs
Where to find–and watch–old Pinoy movies, foreign flicks and non-commercial releases, or just bond with fellow film freaks like yourself.
By: Nicai de Guzman  |   Published on: Jun 1, 2010 - 12:01pm

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. has come up with a guide to the top 10 spots that offer screenings, workshops, and tours for cinema buffs in Manila.


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.


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.

Visit Blacksoup's Facebook or Multiply page to find out what films are set to be screened for the month.

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  • JOY
    Congratulations Titus Brandsma Media Center!!! Keep it up!
    Jun 09 2010 @ 10:10am     Reply  
  • katreng
    Thanks for the suggestions Nix! Atleast I have alternative options if I want to go indie.. I only know cine adarna and film auditoriums in language schools..Hehe..:) (congrats!)
    Jun 04 2010 @ 11:01pm     Reply  
  • Alain Delon
    Props to VIDEO 48!
    Jun 03 2010 @ 09:49pm     Reply  
  • Bored Net Surfer
    Why did you exclude Instituto Cervantes? They've been showing Spanish and Latin films (for free) for more than a decade. Isa pa ay masipag silang mag-email ng upcoming screenings nila. Lumalabas din sa Events section ng Starweek Magazine.

    I know you can watch a German film at Goethe on your own, but their video screenings are seldom.

    Bakit wala ang CCP din? Or even Shangri La, which is THE alternative film venue during the film festival season (June to October).
    Jun 03 2010 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • Douglas Racso
    I agree, video48 is pure movie heaven! Other than the pirate heaven in Quiapo
    Jun 03 2010 @ 09:27am     Reply  
  • kabarj
    i love video48, i bought a lot of classics from there, from alfred hitchcock to federico fellini to kurisawa to ingmar bergman. they have everything!

    i went to titus last month where they screened The Lives of Others and Secret in their Eyes.

    i think you guys missed out on Instituto Cervantes though.
    Jun 02 2010 @ 08:43am     Reply  
  • Jeffrey
    This article is awesome!!!
    Jun 02 2010 @ 01:22am     Reply  
  • Jowana Bueser
    Video 48! The best!
    Jun 01 2010 @ 02:31pm     Reply  
  • Chloe
    Wow! I must visit video48 the next time I return to RP.
    Jun 01 2010 @ 12:58pm     Reply  
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