I’m more into a movie experience in an alternative setting far away from the commercial blockbuster world. Sphinx cinema’s program includes the popular as well as the more alternative movies. The atmosphere of this dark brown cinema is one of the reasons I come to it. During the year they often have small themed festivals, and Sphinx is also a location of the Ghent Film Fest in October.
This building had already been a movie theatre in 1912, and it is the only remaining one in the city center. Despite what the facade says, the building doesn’t date from the 17th or 18th century: the entire row of facades was build in the beginning of the 20th century, together with the Saint Michael’s Bridge. Sorry people, this part is all fake. But still it doesn’t remove anything from the beauty of our city.
This place isn’t only a movie theatre, it also is a very nice bar, which makes it a popular meeting point. Mostly I wait here for that one friend that is always late to catch the movie. The cosy terrace is nice in every season, and inside is the perfect place to talk about the movie you just saw. If you don’t understand Dutch, all the movies are shown in their original language and subtitled in Dutch and French. Enjoy!