The Other Cinema Faces Closure

21st October 2004

The Other Cinema (formerly called The Metro Cinema), one of London?s very best arthouse cinemas, is facing closure on the 14th of November after failing to generate enough public funding to compensate

The Other Cinema (formerly called The Metro Cinema), one of London?s very best arthouse cinemas, is facing closure on the 14th of November after failing to generate enough public funding to compensate for the increased rent on the building.

The cinema was a haven for audiences seeking unusual and rarely seen cinema ? it had such features as a Romanian cinema club, and would often be one of the few venues which dared to show unusual films that could risk alienating all but a selective audience, such as the French pornographic films that made up the controversial The Good Old Naughty Days.

The cinema hosted numerous festivals, including the London Latin American Film and Raindance Film Festivals, and many filmmakers would pop in to discuss their works during special seasons and events.

In a statement from the official website, the spokesmen announce that they hope the closure will be only temporary, and that they hope to open again early next year, once financial negotiations have been settled. They encourage supporters of the cinema to send in their views on the cultural value the cinema has had on London to e-mail their opinions to othercinema@picturehouses.co.uk, as the funding bodies with whom the cinema is currently in negotiation would be interested to hear public opinion about the filmhouse.

Among the many films that were recently shown at the cinema, yet ignored by the multiplexes, include Bus 174, Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer, Krampack, Le Souffle and Werckmeister Harmonies.

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