“Tengo un cine” reads the slogan on the t-shirt that I have been wearing proudly for almost eight years, now. And indeed I owned an – admittedly small – share in CineCiutat. The phoenix who rose from the ashes of Renoir. When the movie theater at S‘Escorxador closed a group of citizens in Palma took the initiative and with the support of many other cineastes rescued the unique institution. Successfully CineCiutat, as it was called, continued to show great international films in original version. Recently it turned out though, that maintaining a cinema is even harder than rescuing one.
So here again we are fighting for the future of the movie theater. I know, good journalism should keep at least some distance to the issues covered. But as I said earlier, I am part of this enterprise. And the motto “ Quand on aime la vie, on va au cinéma” has always been one of my favorite quotes. If you love life, you go to the movies.
That‘s why we need to keep CineCiutat up and running. And back the people who have done that for us. There are many ways: For starters, see a movie with friends at the cine instead of at home on your couch. Offer a helping hand to those who work day and night to operate CineCiutat. And last but not least – and really important right now – donate some money for immediate requirements.
With a crowdfunding campaign on the horizon, a small group of film lovers just decided to break the ice. They contributed more than 9.000 Euros which will be invested in solving part of the problems that put the survival of CineCiutat at risk: improving safety, technical, sound and projection issues so as not to loose the operating license.
You can find the latest information as well as bank details on the campaignwebsite “Salvem CineCiutat”. And the recent movie schedule right here. Not only does great romance happen in movies. In fact, many of us took their dates and still take their loved ones to the cinema. Let us together make sure that the story of CineCiutat gets a happy ending once more.