When on holiday, we always love trying to find a nice cinema to visit. After a hard day walking the streets of some interesting city, it’s great to sit and relax in comfortable surroundings to watch a film (hopefully in English!). We been fortunate to find fascinating cinema’s all over the world but Il Cinemino in Milan, was one of our favourite experiences. It’s located in a side street of a residential area, with good access to public transport.
The cinema itself is a small one room affair, holding around 75 people in the basement of the building. It’s comfortable with good sight lines and excellent picture and sound quality. Upstairs is a delightful small bar, that also provides some food. The decor is simple and stylish, even including a small Twin Peaks inspired area, which you may, or may not, find relaxing! There are a small number of tables set up outside the building, allowing you to enjoy your drink whilst watching the locals moving around.
The programme here, is a that of a classic arts centre. Interesting films (in their original language) both old and new, themed festivals and talks. It’s obviously an important cultural hub and is friendly and welcoming. They also have small gigs from time to time, which I would imagine are fun in this intimate space.
Not long after we visited the cinema itself was closed by the local authorities for some odd technical reason. It was great to see the way the cinema community of Milan, and beyond, got behind the place, lobbying for it to reopen, which it successfully did in February this year.
It’s worth mentioning that in order to see a film, you have to become a member. This can easily be done by filling in a brief form and paying a small membership fee. If you enjoy visting The Cube in Bristol, then you will feel very at home in this lovely place, which feels like it’s rather more refined cousin.
A real treat for film fans.