There is a special place in my heart for Cineteca Nacional. You see, when I was a student back in the ’90s my wallet was empty most of the time, so if I wanted to go to the cinema the best option was “la cineteca”. It’s a public institution so the ticket prices are really low (about 40% less than the commercial cinema chains) and also there are discounts for students, teachers, kids and old folks.
But besides the accessible prices (the regular ticket costs only 50 pesos), the great thing about this place is that they play these amazing non commercial films, old classics, documentaries, shorts and the work of emerging filmmakers from all around the world.
In 2012 the Cineteca Nacional building (opened back in 1984) had a large revamping, new cinemas were added (including an open-air cinema in the garden), also a larger parking lot, restaurants, cafés and book & film stores. If you’re into architecture, the restoration project was in hands of the architect Michel Rojkind, so you may enjoy that too.
I love spending a Sunday at the Cineteca Nacional with friends, lying down on the grass before enjoying a film, and then having some drinks and dinner at this cool place called “La Chicha”, all that in the same place.