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Highlights - 26/08/2014
Ciné Guimbi film theatre, shortly to be completed, is seeking equipment: projectors, screens, seating and lighting.
The plan to restore Ciné Guimbi in Bobo-Dioulasso, initiated two years ago and brought to public attention in Cannes this year, has been supported internationally by several important people and organisations. The building work itself commenced this summer. Construction is taking place on the site of the legendary old cinema in this Burkina Faso city of 600,000 inhabitants. Structural work is set to commence in September, and fundraising is continuing.
Ciné Guimbi was originally an open-air film theatre and was in use until 2003. It will now become a two-screen multiplex and a real social space with a café-restaurant and a meeting room. And it will be a most attractive place too if the images drawn up by Jean-Marc Lalo’s firm of architects are anything to go by. The company has been involved in the renovation and construction of film theatres in Tangier, Kabul and Dakar in recent years.
The film theatre is set to open at the end of 2015 and is now seeking various forms of support including equipment for its two auditoria, which have capacity of 324 and 156 places, respectively, in the form of seating, screens, second-hand DLP projectors, sound equipment, etc.
Ciné Guimbi will extend the number of film theatres in Burkina Faso. The country is one of Africa's best provided for when it comes to film theatres, with 12 to date, and hosts the Fespaco film festival in Ouagadougou every year.
Do come and join this wonderful project!
Association for the Support of Film Theatres in Burkina Faso