Elite Cinema

Chaussee d'Heacht 296,
Brussels 1030

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Cinema des Varietes, Varietes

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Elite Cinema

Opened in 1922 in Schaerbeek in the Chaussee de Haecht as Cinema des Varietes (also known as Les Varietes Schaerbeekoise), it was since the 1930’s under the same direction as the Edison Cinema(later Capri Cinema), and Rex Cinema(later Riga Cinema), both in the Chaussee d'Helmet suburb of Schaerbeek, and the Artistic Cinema(later Pigalle Cinema) in Place Liedts.

In the summer of 1955 it was equipped with CinemaScope and it changed name to Elite Cinema. In 1957 it was damaged by fire. Then it was renovated in a Moderne 1950’s style. In 1976 I went there to see "King Creole" revived by an independant distributor Pardon Film who specialised in the 1960’s in B movies. This cinema was in bad state, and opened only 2 or 3 days a week, taken over apparently by immigrants, even the material was not up date. It was then in agony and closed permanently in the early-1980’s, it became a community center & church.

In March 2018 it was announce the building was to be taken over by the Association Bruxelles Laique and converted into a special events cultural centre which is planned to open in 2021 or 2022

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