Cinémathèque de Tanger is located in the emblematic Cinéma Rif, a historic cultural venue of Tangier, a name which remains evocative for many of today’s inhabitants.
The movie theater was opened in 1938, on the Place du 9 Avril 1947, one of the most famous squares, commonly called Grand Socco or Souk Barra.
Formerly a city granted with international status, Tangier and its harbour were the set of countless passages, from daring travelers, merchants, artists. These countless interbreedings and influences, it favored the emergence of movie theaters all across the city, every one of them showing movies from all over the world, from Spanish, American, Bollywood productions to Egyptian musicals.
Despite this breeding ground for myths and influences, the city of Tangier, both movie set and muse, has progressively seen its movie venues become shut down, as the collective experience of cinema became outdated by the development of television, media, and the loss of Tangier’s international status.
Cinéma Rif, however, became a space of resistance and very closely eluded decay in 2005, when a collective of artists decided to take over the heritage venue. After two years of intense concertation and building renovation, the Cinémathèque de Tanger was born.
Cinéma Rif stretches on 9,000 square feet, it hosts two screening rooms. The main screening room called Grande Salle can host up to 300 visitors and the smaller, more intimate screening room up to 50 spectators. A film library also hosts the collections and archives.
Its mythical café completes this unique space of encounters, making the Cinémathèque de Tanger a one of a kind destination in Tangier and on the African continent.