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It’s small but packs a punchBrussels
72 Rue de l'arbre bénit
+ 32 (0) 25122102
Five rows of seats and often no more than a dozen people in the audience... no, I'm not in my home cinema but at the Styx in Ixelles, watching a screen adaptation of Buchowski’s Factotum.
Once upon a time...
Do you remember those red velvet armchairs you used to find in cinemas, the ones that were both elegant and cosy once you found the right position? Well there are still a few theatres that have preserved the soul of cinema from days gone by. Sitting at the end of the fourth row, I turn around to look at the projectionist a few metres behind me, knowing the magic is about to start.
A choice selection
Le Styx is very good value compared to the multi-screen cinemas where popcorn abounds. It shows films just a few months after they come out, giving you valuable time to work out what you do and don't want to see. The vast majority of films screened here are quality productions: arthouse cinema or other interesting films that curiously slipped beneath the radar.
There’s a piano to accompany silent movies. Total silence. The film begins but there’s no sound. You take a moment to turn towards the projectionist and let him know, and the actors’ voices finally start up.
I teach tennis in the city and also write about culture for a number of publications. I love to travel and meet people. My city? It's an improv concert in a down-to-earth bar, an exhibition built on a work site, a play performed in the heart of the old city... My little extra: combining sport and culture!