Barcelona Cultura

Cinema is an activity that has been deeply affected by the technological changes of recent times. The increase in TV programming and online viewing options has led to a decrease in audiences at cinemas, some of which have been forced to close.

Despite attendance figures in cinemas for recent years being much lower than before, citizens still go to the cinema much more often than they would, for example, to the theatre and cinema remains a key feature of Barcelona’s cultural scene.

Aside from efforts to improve the range of films on offer and the programming of large distribution companies (with proposals such as the Cinema Festival), we would like to point out a number of initiatives that seek new ways to draw audiences. Among such initiatives we have Texas, a cinema devoted to re-releases in original version (at a reduced price of three euros); Zumzeig, a cinema in Sants dedicated to showing non-commercial arthouse films, documentaries and videoart, proving very popular among young and alternative audiences; Phenomena, specialising in films from the seventies, eighties and nineties, or the revival of matinée sessions at the Verdi cinemas.

In the cinema sector, a unique case is the Filmoteca de Catalunya (Film Archive of Catalonia) that promotes film culture with screenings of classics from different periods.

The statistical data that you’ll find in this section have been gathered by the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC, Catalan Institute for the Cultural Companies), a branch of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) that is responsible for cinematography, among other areas.