Two new cinema spaces open in Leuven


Leuven’s popular Cinema Zed has opened two new cinema spaces in the nearby Vessaliussite shopping and residential centre

Alive and well

Anyone who thinks cinemas are on their way out doesn’t live in Leuven. The city’s popular Cinema Zed, located at the Stuk arts centre, has opened two new cinema spaces at the Vesaliussite, a new shopping and residential centre in the southeast of the city centre. Both cinemas are located on a floor under street level, together with a new auditorium owned by the University of Leuven.

Cinema Zed Stuk has just 96 seats and is often sold out as a result. A single-screen cinema, it only has the capacity to programme two films at a time. The two new spaces at Cinema Zed Vesalius seat 215 in total and have programmed six to 10 different films a day.

The cinemas opened to the public on Wednesday with the avant-premiere of the heralded film La La Land by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), which just won seven Golden Globe awards.

The opening celebration continues all month with a slew of avant-premieres, including Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, starring Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck, and the much-anticipated Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of her husband, president John F Kennedy, in 1960s Texas.

Both cinema locations are managed by the non-profit Fonk, which also runs the Leuven Short Film Festival and Docville.

Photo courtsy Cinema Zed