Newly opened Cinematheque Centre Manila has a film museum, a cafe + more

Film buffs, check out their special screenings this January.


( The first cinematheque in the Metro, Cinematheque Centre Manila in Ermita, is more than just a theater. It also houses a film museum, classrooms, a café, a souvenir shop, and soon, a library. It is the newest facility opened by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), following the centers located in Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, and Zamboanga. To celebrate its inauguration in December, it will hold special screenings of Filipino and Danish films from January 8 to 31. 


The FDCP also transferred its main office to the 2,000-square meter Cinematheque. According to FDCP Chair Briccio Santos, the new 101-seater theater aims to “serve and enrich the film-going public by screening classic and contemporary Filipino films, as well as the best of foreign cinema.” A statue of late filmmaker Gerardo “Gerry” de Leon, who was the most awarded director by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, stands in front of the building.


The Museo ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Film Museum) is located on the ground floor. There, visitors will see a diverse range of film history exhibits. On display are film equipment, posters, an illustrated timeline, as well as miniatures of the historic film theaters of Manila. It also displays statues of Filipino film greats such as De Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Lino Brocka and Manuel Conde.


Film advocates and industry leaders can gather in the Cinematheque’s classrooms to share their knowledge about film and production. Visitors can also spend their time in the café which has posters of classic Filipino films. Beside the café is a souvenir shop.



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If you plan to check out Cinematheque Centre Manila, January is a good time. Moviegoers are in for a treat with classic Filipino films like National Artist Lino Brocka’s celebrated Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975) and fellow National Artist Lamberto Avellana’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1965). Other remarkable films by established contemporary Filipino directors, produced with the FDCP, will also be screened.



Following the success of the first Danish Film Festival in Manila in December 2015, the FDCP will be screening a selection of Danish films including The Hunt (Jagten), In a Better World (Hævnen), and Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud). These films are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines.


Cinematheque's special screenings run from January 8 to 31 at Cinematheque Centre Manila, 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila (708-7920). For movie schedules and more information, visit FDCP’s website

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