Bíó Paradís set to open its doors again

03.07.2020 - 11:06
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Bíó Paradís, the independent arthouse cinema on Hverfisgata in Reykjavík, will re-open this autumn after an extended period of uncertainty over its rental costs. A new contract with the State and the City of Reykjavík will now allow the popular facility to open again.

A statement from the education and culture ministry says the plan is to re-open in the middle of September, timed to coincide with the cinema’s tenth anniversary. 

Bíó Paradís laid off all its staff this spring, as stakeholders had not managed to agree on rental terms, renovations and maintenance for the longer term. According to the press statement, that deal has now been struck after all involved made a very concerted effort to meet in the middle. 

The director of Bíó Paradís, Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, says she is over the moon: “We want to thank all Bíó Paradís supporters for their support, and especially the Ministry of Education and Culture, the City of Reykjavík, and the owners of the building, the company Karl Mikli ehf. We can’t wait to start showing cinema culture again and continuing to bring people in Iceland varied cinematic experiences in better surroundings.” 

There was an outpouring of public emotion when the closure was announced this spring and several petitions were set up, calling on the government and the city to take action to save what is Iceland’s only independent arthouse cinema. Bíó Paradís plays an important role hosting films and events that would struggle to find a home in mainstream cinemas, as well as being a popular and important social venue. Among other things, it has earned a reputation for showing many of the latest Polish films and has therefore become an important meeting place for members of the sizeable Polish community in Reykjavík, and much of the rest of Iceland.

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Alexander Elliott
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