Go for a show at Montreal’s art film and independent cinemas

While big action blockbusters may appeal to the masses, there’s something to be said for the more nuanced, dare we say intellectual, productions from independent film houses. You won’t find these artful films playing at your local multi-screen movie theatre; rather, you’ll have to seek out one of Montreal’s handful of independent cinemas. [Image credit: iStock.com]

Cinéma Du Parc

3575 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 3P9

Opened in 1976 and housed in the basement of Galeries du Parc, Cinéma du Parc screens independent productions, Oscar-winning cult films and special series. A darling of Montreal’s cinephiles, the cinema showcases films from here and elsewhere in all its forms. They also have an art gallery in the mezzanine. All films are presented in their original version, making it the most multiethnic cinema in the city.

Cinema Beaubien

2396, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2G 1N2

Since 1937, Cinéma Beaubien has been bringing people together from Rosemont and around the metropolis to appreciate independent films. This charming cinema shows artistic films of all sorts, including local debuts and films from Quebec’s commercial cinema scene.

Cinematheque La Quebecoise

335 Boul De Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K1

Faithful to the memory of film, the Cinémathèque québécoise was created by a group of film enthusiasts in 1963. Although its mission has evolved over the years, today the institution is dedicated to the promotion of film culture, creating national and international film archives as well as film screenings for non-commercial, educational and artistic purposes. Its schedule incorporates short and feature films from a collection of over 40,000 works.

Production Jeun'Est

4560 Rue Adam, Montréal, QC H1V 1V2

Located in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this local cinema is actually a small room housed in a former school. Open since 2014, it shows current and independent films. Warm and friendly, the room has about 40 seats. Each week, a filmmaker comes to present their work and speak with the audience.

PHI Centre

407 rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3

Located in Old Montreal, Phi Centre serves as a multidisciplinary cultural centre where the public can view original productions and engage with artists. The Centre is also a venue for art films and “repertoire.”

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