Auditorium Shell

Rue Ravenstein 60,
Brussels 1000

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Styles: Art Deco

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Auditorium Shell

Auditorium Shell is on the ground floor of the landmark Shell Building on Rue Ravenstein 60 in the Mont de Arts in Brussels Upper Town. The Shell Building, also known as the Central Gate, was built 1931-1934 in the Art Deco style, designed by architect Alexis Dumont. The ground floor of the Shell Building is clad in black granite.

The Auditorium Shell is a 1950’s cinema that is a contemporary of the 1958 World Trade Fair that produced the Atomium in Brussels. The cinema has 270 seats.

In September, 2006, the Cinema Museum (Musee de Cinema) announced it would move to the Auditorium Shell for one year while its facility at the Palace of Fine Arts (Palais de Beaux Arts) in the Mont des Arts in Brussels Upper Town was renovated. The Auditorium Shell was refurbished with modern film equipment. The creation of two new underground cinemas at the Palace of Fine Arts building took longer than expected, but on January 31, 2009, the Cinema Museum reopened at its new home at the Palais de Beaux Arts, and was renamed Cinematek.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

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HowardBHaas on December 2, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Small photo of the exterior of the Shell Building:
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irishcine on March 16, 2008 at 4:15 am

The Cinema museum is still using the Shell Auditorium in early 2008.

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