Mesdames et Messieurs! have a seat and some popcorn, the winners are...? The goal of the Combo Competition's London Cinema Challenge was to design a new cinema located on Newman Street in central London. The result show how participants’ ideas interpret the cinematic experience in the near future.
As an ideas-based competition, it is up to the discretion of the competitors to decide the scope of the venture: an intimate screening room for indie films, or a commercial multi-storey cinema complex showing blockbusters - or anything in between. The only criterion is that the design provides a space to watch movies.
Three winners were selected:
First prize - Cine'stival by Etienne Fabre and Jean-Emmanuel David.
"Cine'stival provides an insightful take on the state of cinema today. Anchored in research, the proposal offers a beautifully visualized response to the issue at hand. By inviting the public to fully participate in all aspects of the cinematic experience, the mix of program reinforces the proposal's premise, with the architectural space corresponding appropriately. As a venue dedicated to promoting independent movies and at the same time inviting the general public to take part in Q&A's and lectures, Cine'stival presents an interesting and credible way of maintaining the cinema as vigorous part of culture in the future. The coherent presentation ties it all together into a fully dedicated and accessible film festival venue - a truly rare thing these days."