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All About Bíó Paradís

All About Bíó Paradís


Bíó Paradís (lit. “Cinema Paradise“) is an art house cinema in the centre of Reykjavik, screening the latest art house releases, special genre films, repertory cinema, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films.

It opened September 15th 2010.

Bíó Paradís especially emphasizes Icelandic films of all types, old  and new.

Bíó Paradís is also the centre of activities of Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) and the annual Reykjavik International  Children´s Film Festival and several smaller festivals, such as The Reykjavik Short Film Days, Reykjavik Shorts & Docs and others.

The cinema features a café/bar that provides delicious beverages (coffee, beer, organic light drinks), supremely good pop corn and candy but first and foremost it is a place where one can sit down in a good atmosphere, listening to vinyl records and enjoying a good conversation. The cinema has four screens; Screen One has a capacity of 205 seats, Screen Two sits 130, Screen Three 46 and Screen Four 38.

Bíó Paradís succeeds Regnboginn (The Rainbow), an older cinema located at the premises since 1977. Regnboginn was the first multiplex cinema built in Europe. It ceased operations on June 1st 2010.

Bíó Paradís is run by the non-profit organisation Heimili kvikmyndanna (Lit. “The Home of Cinema”). The organisation was founded by The Association of Icelandic Film Producers, The Filmmakers Association, Film Director’s Guild Iceland, Reykjavík International Film Festival and The Cinephiles Society.

It has received financial support from the City of Reykjavik and The Icelandic Film Centre. It also enjoys collaboration with all the main film distributors in Iceland, The National Film Archive, The Icelandic Film School and other bodies of film education.

To contact Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Managing Director, click here.

To contact Ása Baldursdóttir, Programme Director, click here.

The following is a short video by Arnar Sigurdsson from the opening night of Bíó Paradís on September 15th 2010.