The Marrakesh Cinema

Walking around Marrakesh we found an old cinema with brilliant retro film posters outside. We stood admiring it and then a guy invited us in to look around. The forecourt was filled with amazing movie posters from many years ago, it had been just 40dh to visit before the place had stopped showing films because of the big out-of-town cinema just outside Marrakesh.

The cinema in Marrakesh

It’s such a shame places like this shut down, but that’s just commercialism isn’t it. Why would you go and watch a film in uncomfortable seats with bad sound when you could go to the multiplex down the road. The guy there told us he was trying to keep it open as a museum, so we gave him a few dirhams towards it.

Help save the cinema in Marrakesh

There had been a campaign to Save Cinemas in Morocco, but it hadn’t worked.

The big screen at Marrakesh cinema

Inside there were two tiers of seats facing the screen. It was lovely and cool in there away from the African sun, but those seats did not look comfortable.

The cinema in Marrakesh

Wouldn’t fancy a three-hour epic sat in those chairs, even if it is only 40dh.

Marrakesh Cinema in Morocco

We managed to get in the projection room at the back. It was up some winding stairs and the room was amazing. It was all still in place with the reels of film half in the projector. Waiel is a film buff and was pretty much wetting himself with excitement. The room looked like it came from the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’. It was cool to see how cinemas used to be and to see somewhere other people might’ve missed in Marrakesh. It was also a great way to get out the heat and craziness of the Jamaa el Fna.

Marrakesh cinema

Cinema in Marrakesh

Cinematography room in Marrakesh

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  1. by Linda Lyons on March 5, 2012  9:15 am Reply

    i agree a fascinating place just hidden away, hope it will be saved for all future cinema lovers

    • by VickyFlipFlop on March 5, 2012  11:46 am Reply

      Yeah, same here! We were so lucky to stumble across it. I really hope it manages to stay open.

  2. by TravelTaster on August 27, 2012  8:38 am Reply

    Great post, Vicky. I hope the cinema is preserved and used again. Posh multiplexes are sometimes overrated. I remember going to outdoor movies in Greece which were starry experiences. The people in the apartment buildings on either side of the screen got free seats!

  3. by Lesley Peterson on December 3, 2012  1:37 am Reply

    Loved this peek behind the scenes of the old cinema in Marrakesh. The posters look like collectors' items. It's too bad they're so exposed to the elements. A hidden stash of posters in better condition could indeed be the start of a real museum.

    • by Vicky on January 12, 2013  7:01 pm Reply

      Yeah, the cinema was amazing. A real find and my boyfriend – who's a cinema obsessive – absolutely loved it.

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