Cinematheque: The Movie in Your Palm

Cinematheque: The Movie in Your Palm

Cinematheque, the National Cinema Museum of Armenia, will soon be opened on the first three floors of the residential high-rise building, which was rescued when selling the former Cinema house building. On the area of 3118.7 square meters there will be permanent and temporary expositions, dedicated to Armenian cinema and filmmakers, but the main place will be occupied by virtual space with smart screens and other technological solutions. In addition to museum, Cinematheque will perform an important educational function. Here it is planned to open classes of creative film education, equipped with modern film technology, where the representatives of the younger generation will be able to create their own films. It will be like the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies but in the world of cinema.

The cinema halls together with the big hall of Cinema House will create a new film atmosphere and a film culture in Yerevan. The 510 seat Cinema House hall, which is now the largest operating hall in the capital, stood idle for 30 years and was in a deplorable state, was finally renovated. To preserve the unique acoustics of the hall, facing wood was restored and specially treated. It should be noted, that this is one of the rare halls preserved in Europe, which is built according to the canons of special engineering and is lined with special wood.

Due to the wide possibilities and modern infrastructures, it will be possible to connect to global Cinematheque network in Armenian National Cinema Museum. The head of Armenian Union of Cinematographers Harutyun Khachatryan held preliminary negotiations with the cinematheques of various cities and countries, including the Amsterdam cinematheque. This direct connection with international cinematheques will allow movie lovers in Yerevan to watch films from Amsterdam or Paris cinema museum funds.

The Cinema Museum will be a three-story multifunctional building consisting exhibition and other halls, film archives, wardrobes, cinema-cafes, auditoriums and small video halls. The main entrance to the building will be from Khanjyan street. Special elevators, entrances to cinema halls and other infrastructures will be adapted for disabled people. President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan, Chairman of the Urban Planning Committee Avetik Eloyan expressed their approval and support for the idea of Cinematheque. They visited the site of Cinematheque and promised “all possible help”. The Union of Cinematographers addressed the issue of creating a National Cinematheque to the Ministry of Culture and the Prime Minister of Armenia, who replied that it would be discussed when some extra-budgetary funds will be allocated for 2019. The project requires an investment of 485 million drams (US$ 1 million).