You’ll find the indie crowd and intellectually inclined film buffs at this intimate moving picture palace on the edge of Trastevere. Originally built in the ’30s as a recreational space for government workers, it gained cult status in the 1990s when Sacher Film, a production company owned by filmmaker Nanni Moretti – who has won a Palme d’Or and is sometimes referred to as the Italian Woody Allen – and producer Angelo Barbagallo, took over.
The cinema screens original pictures from emerging directors as well as art house films – and with only one theater and a handful of screenings each day, it feels charmingly retro. There’s also a small seating area and concession stand that sells refreshments and slices of luscious Sacher cake to enjoy during your viewing (in my opinion cake is even better than popcorn at a movie theater!). During the summer there are also outdoor screenings in a small amphitheater outside.
You can reach the cinema with the number 8 tram that passes through Viale Trastevere and hop off by the Ministry at the Trastevere/Min. Istruzione stop (the cinema is located right near the Porta Portese market).