Cinéma Moderne, a new independent movie theatre in Montreal, is proud to announce its official opening today, Monday, September 17, 2018. 365 days a year, Cinéma Moderne will offer the public an excellent movie-going experience, with films carefully selected by the team to be shown in a living, intimate, warm space located at 5150 St. Laurent Blvd., in the heart of Mile End.
Origins and team
Cinéma Moderne is the result of a dream shared by two long-time passionate members of the community: Roxanne Sayegh, formerly the executive director of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and Alexandre Domingue, president and founder of the post-production and film equipment rental company Post-Moderne. When they met in 2017, an exciting new adventure started to take shape. By joining forces and pooling their expertise, Roxanne and Alexandre prepared to launch Cinéma Moderne.
“It is a real pleasure for us to see a project that has been in the works for such a long time come to fruition at last. We are delighted to offer Montrealers a new cinema, and we hope this is just the beginning of a new wave of small neighbourhood theatres in Montreal, where proximity, friendliness and quality programming are all part of the experience,” said Roxanne Sayegh and Alexandre Domingue, co-founders of Cinéma Moderne
Ms. Sayegh is the theatre’s executive director and artistic director, working with assistant executive director Marion Jégoux. The theatre manager is Ariane Caron Lachance, and the Café-bar manager is Laurence Plourde Dinelle.
A unique programming model, with longer runs for films
Cinéma Moderne will operate on a non-traditional scheduling model, presenting films multiple times a month for several months, giving the public a diverse selection of films to choose from every week and keeping films in rotation longer than usual. Aside from series and special events, the majority of the films shown will be exclusives, including premieres in some cases (see appendix).
A diverse program
From popular films to more specialized fare, from restored classics to genre movies and shorts, animation films, documentaries and experimental films, Cinéma Moderne will celebrate cinema in all its forms.
Weekly family screenings, kids’ activities and cultural outreach workshops will also be part of the regular program, reaching all audiences and initiating tomorrow’s viewers to the joys of cinema.
Cinéma Moderne will work closely with festivals, universities and organizations working to disseminate independent works, with the aim of offering a wide range of activities to enrich the theatre’s regular screenings.
Cinéma Moderne is also a creative space: Post-Moderne will colorize and mix numerous films. The theatre will also be available for private events.
The 54-seat theatre is equipped with a Barco Smart Laser (4K) projector, as well as 35mm and 16mm projectors and a Dolby Atmos sound system.
Cinéma Moderne’s Café-bar is a welcoming space open day and night for conversation, drinks and snacks. To enhance their movie night, patrons will be allowed to bring their drinks into the theatre. Brunch will be served on weekends.
Online schedule and tickets: cinemamoderne.com
Tickets are available at a discount until the day before the screening. Seats are numbered, and advance purchase is recommended.
5150 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1R8
Photo Credit: Danny Taillon