Screening rooms

The Cinémathèque suisse offers a rich and varied programme of retrospectives, tributes and cycles dedicated to a filmmaker, an actor or a film genre. It also presents numerous previews of films and restored heritage films, often in the presence of great names in cinema, as well as ciné-concerts. The institution organises three public screenings a day at the Casino de Montbenon in Lausanne, in the Cinématographe and Paderewski rooms. Once the Capitole cinema reopens in 2024, all screenings and events will take place in the new House of Cinema.

North façade of the Casino de Montbenon © Cinémathèque suisse / Samuel Rubio

The Cinématographe and Paderewski rooms

Located in the Casino de Montbenon, built in 1908, the 102-seat Cinématographe room and 482-seat Paderewski room have been hosting regular Cinémathèque suisse screenings since 1981. Both are equipped with analogue (16mm and 35mm) and digital (4K) projectors as well as a magnetic loop system that allows the hearing-impaired to attend the screenings. UNIL's film history courses and school screenings, organised in collaboration with the institution, also take place in this historic building.