Paris Attacks: Arthouse Cinemas Closed, Vanessa Redgrave Event, Nanni Moretti Premiere Canceled
The city's art-house theaters Luxour and Forum des Images remain closed Saturday following the terrorist attacks in the French capital Friday night.
As French president Francois Hollande on Saturday declared three days of national mourning following the Friday night attacks across the city, a couple of the French capital's high-profile arthouse theaters said they would be closed for the day.
The Luxour theater, a restored arthouse showplace near Montmartre in the city’s north, announced that it would not be open. The theater is currently showing Son of Saul, The Lobster, An Irrational Man and the animated Phantom Boy, among others.
The Forum des Images in the city’s central shopping area Les Halles, which shows special programming, also said it would remain closed for the day.
Both of the cinemas are owned by the City of Paris.
Several other small cinemas across the city announced closures for the day. Among them are the Majestic Passy and Majestic Bastille, both showing art and mainstream films, including Spectre, as well as L'Arlequin, which was showing a program of Russian films, L'Escurial, and the Reflet Medicis.
Major cinema chains, including Pathe and UGC, were open as usual across the city as of late morning local time, with the Pathe theater at Place de Clichy reporting that tickets for Spectre were pre-sold out for both showings Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the venerable Pantheon Cinema in Paris announced that it canceled the French premiere of Nanni Morretti's Mia Madre that had been scheduled for this evening.
The 7th State of the World and Cinema festival also called off all of its planned events for the day. The festival, founded by French-German politician and former member of the EU parliament Daniel Cohn-Bendit, focuses on meetings with filmmakers and politicians.
The festival, which opened Friday night and is scheduled to run until Nov. 22, had been scheduled to feature a Vanessa Redgrave masterclass, but canceled that. The event this year has a focus on Cuban cinema and environmental films in anticipation of the COP21 climate talks.