Cinema Centenario: Maginhawa Boasts Its Newest Theater In The Neighbourhood
Maginhawa is an undisputed foodie destination in Quezon City. From fantastic street food to authentic cocktail bars, you can indulge your taste buds infinitely in this charming neighborhood. Book-lovers on a budget will also enjoy Bookay-Ukay, a haven for inexpensive second-hand books. There is also haberdashery JE&Co and the adult toy store Ilya adding even more spice to the popular food district. Variety is key in Maginhawa that now welcomes its first cinema.
Aptly named Cinema Centenario, the movie theater is a small contribution to the Philippine Cinema’s centennial celebration. These days there are plenty of ways to watch films without schlepping to the movie theater. Sure, it’s nice to stay home and curl up on the couch with your Netfix subscription. However, let’s be real: movies are made to be seen in the theater. A great film will always be amazing, no matter where and how you see it, but filmmakers always intend for their movies to be seen in a darkened theater, on that big screen where you can block outside distractions and simply watch the magic unfold. You can escape from reality and share the experience with people around you. There’s nothing quite like a room full of people laughing, crying or gasping at the same moments as they journey through a story together.
In that spirit, we shared a quick conversation with filmmaker and co-founder of Cinema Centenario Hector Barretto Calma and discovered why buying the ticket is still worth it.
Who are the people behind Cinema Centenario?
We are composed of filmmakers, multimedia artists, an actor and entrepreneurs. With Cinema Centenario, we want to celebrate a century of Filipino vision, artistry and craft. We want to provide a full cinema experience in an intimate and cozy setting. There is a seating capacity for 50 to 60 people only.
What do you hope to achieve?
Cinema Centenario will contribute to the positive shaping of Philippine Cinema: it will be the home for quality Filipino-made films. We are committed not only to showcase the best works of all genres, forms, and themes, but also to take part in raising the best filmmakers by being a venue of film education. Cinema Centenario will be a space for lectures, workshops, and various activities promoting the development of Philippine Cinema. We want to build a platform for discussion and discourse.
What are you most excited for personally for the opening and the venture ahead?
We are excited about the community of film lovers that might develop in Cinema Centenario. It will be an inclusive space for everybody who loves the art of moviemaking: the experts, the novices, the fans, and the critics. It will be a place to socialize and interact, create connections, and to appreciate cinema with friends, family and colleagues.
Cinema Centenario opens doors December 1 2017. The Be app invites you to pop in, take a seat and be spoilt for choice with specially curated Filipino movies.
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