Best movie theaters in the world!
#1 The Silent Movie Theatre (Los Angeles, US) the program is maybe less than perfect and the audience maybe a bit too hipster for my taste, but the room is unique (the first two raws are made of leather sofas and the next four have a table to put your coffee, every other seat). The place is truly magic!
#2 La Cinémathèque Française (Paris, France) the world's cinema temple, a touch too institutionalized but the programs are unique. The new building is magnificent and there are usually 10 films a day! Paris is blessed with another two cinematheques (Beaubourg and Forum des Images, the latter including a video room where to watch hours of film on video for free, another place where to do that is the BiFi or Bibliothèque du Film).
#3 L'Espace Saint Michel (Paris, France) Paris is certainly the city in the world with the most art house theaters in the world. All of them deserve to be listed. The Espace Saint Michel is merely my favorite, but the Action Christine, the Action Ecole, the Saint André des Arts, the Reflet Medicis, the Accattone, they are all well worth it.
#4 Le Max Linder (Paris, France) I love that place when my friend Mathilde drags me there on Wednesday morning to see the newly released American crap. But the theatre itself is great, reminds me of the good ol' days.
#5 Le Raj Mandir (Jaipur, India) 'The show place of the Natio'. It is a wonderfull Art Deco building, absolutely enormous and maybe the last place in the world where one can experience the frenetic ambiance that ought to have been the one of the great cinema venues in the West during the heyday of movies, before TV. I saw a Bollywood comedy there, I didn't get what was going on in the film, but the spectacle in the room was enough to keep me entertained.
#6 Film Forum (New York, USA)
#7 La Pagode (Paris, France) Programs are usually not that great but the setting is just fantastic: a Japanese garden and a Chinese pagoda re-created in the late 19th century in the middle of one of the poshest areas in Paris.
#8 National Film Theater (London, UK)
#9 Egyptian Theatre (Los Angeles, USA) Home of the American Cinematheque, it is more than worth going there.
#10 Film Anthology Archive (New York, USA)
#11 El Pequeño Cine Studio (Madrid, Spain)
I'd also like to celebrate the chain MK2 in Paris which is doing a great work both in terms of programs, quality of the new rooms, depth of their DVD collection, etc.
Thanks to all those who make cinephiles happy!