There is something very nice about old cinemas that aren’t great, big, fresh halls and rooms just full of people, but are slightly shabby, wasted cinemas with their own soul which try to unite cinema/film fans. Judging by the re-opening or fresh ideas, this might definitely include Kino Luna (check the Kino Luna article), Kino Muranów (see the Kino Muranow article) and Kino Iluzjon, which was re-opened a couple of years ago after 4 years of lacking cultural activity.
And the change is huge. Iluzjon is now a very shiny, marbled, golden and beautiful place, which surprisingly still has the old charm to it. The idea of the new cinema is not only to show films but also adapt their foyer and corridors to the repertoire played at the moment – with exhibitions, shows, talks, etc.
Iluzjon is a part of Filmoteka Narodowa (National Film Collections), which is aimed at collecting, restoring and sharing great (not only Polish) films – maybe you’ll find a film in English or your mother tongue there.
In October there will be shows of: 1. less known films of well-known Polish directors, 2. shows of film noire, 3. films of Henri-Georges Clouzot as well as 4. Japanese films. Check the page for details.