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Lichtspiel / Kinemathek Bern

Lichtspiel Berne: A History of Cinema

Museum or cinema, bar or workshop? Lichtspiel is all in one – but above all, it is a place of discoveries. This extraordinary institution has operated in a former factory building near the freight railway stationsince 2000. A myriad of projectors, camerasand other astounding cinematographic objects, which have born witness to more than 100 years of film-making history, have been saved from destruction, decay and oblivion. The archive includes over 15,000 film reels: news reels, early music clips, amateur documentaries, cartoons and shortfeature films. The surprise screening programmeon Sundays is selected from this treasure trove, and Lichtspiel also offers regular retrospectives and film series during the week. In March 2012, Lichtspiel will move into the halls of the former knitwear factory Ryff, near the banks of the river Aare, where the public can witness the metamorphosis of the cinematheque.

Visitor information


Opening hours
One hour before the film starts (public screenings)
or on request


Admission 
Ticket: Fr. 15.– per screening


  • after 20 h bus no. 30 from main Station to Dampfzentrale

  • Tramway no. 9 (direction Wabern) till Sulgenau

  • Library: Opening hours on demand

  • Wheelchair access

  • Bar

  • Shop: Books and DVDs