Play it Again, Sam

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I am rather pleased that the old Renoir cinema in the Escorxador area of Palma managed to be rescued by the very able and enthusiastic XarxaCinema people, a citizens’ initiative. Two months after the old Renoir closed down for good, the old premises opened up again under a new management and the new name of CineCiutat. Some 1,800 people like you and me have signed up as voluntary co-owners of the new venture. Let’s hope enough people will attend the screenings to make the project a viable one, able to survive the dire straits of economic realities, including IVA (VAT) at 21 % and distribution royalties. The new cinema was opened in July 2012 with 4 screens, partially newly equipped with digital screening facilities.

Today, a new venture will be launched at CineCiutat, a film club under the name of CinèFilms. This film club will have two screenings every Thursday, of either Classic films, European films, films of the 70s and 80s or film screenings grouped by themes. The film club starts tonight with the screening of The Maltese Falcon and will continue next week with Manhattan (Woody Allen), À Bout de Souffle (Jean-Luc Godard) the week after, and Days of Wine and Roses (Blake Edwards), on February 14th. All films will be screened in their original version, with Spanish subtitles. We finally have a cinémathèque in Mallorca, all going well. Come and support the citizens’ cinema, CineCiutat.

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On a different subject matter, I promised to let you know about my new blog adventure, Mallorca Observed. I am happy to tell you that the new blog is up and running now. You can either click on the link given above or else, the link in the blog roll in the column to the right. Once at the new site you can bookmark, subscribe or whatever, as you might see fit. I hope to be able to welcome some of you at the new site.

The old MDPB blog will not be continued after today. However, I shall leave the blog archive with some 1,900 entries on air, so to speak, for the time being, at least until October 2013 when the current domain lease expires. We shall see what happens after that; one can never be too sure what life has up its sleeve for us, or can we?

The photos were taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 22nd, 2013. The time was 16:24:18 and 16:22:13.

9 responses to “Play it Again, Sam

  1. Welcome back! We look forward to whatever snippets on Mallorca you would like to share with us and whenever. No pressure! Have a year of good health, best wishes.

  2. What a great cinema- someday maybe I’ll get to visit it! My father came to the US in October, and maybe in the spring my son and I will return the favor (if at all possible).

    It’s rather ironic that my father in Mallorca is also having health issues a’plenty. I hope you are feeling much better. It’s great to see a post from you, but don’t push yourself too hard.

    Peace be with you,
    “Sister Olive”

  3. Dia Dhuit – thats hello in Irish.
    Hope you get back to full health soon.
    In the meantime thanks a million for all your posts over the last few years and for the new site.
    I might see you some day as I slowly glide my way up the slopes of San Salvador.
    Slainte!!!
    POK

  4. Sie haben sich sehr viel Mühe und Arbeit mit Ihren Artikeln gemacht. So haben wir schon viele Dinge über Land und Leute erfahren, die wir vorher nicht wussten. Vielen Dank dafür.
    Wenn Sie Lust und Zeit haben, könnten Sie uns mal kontaktieren, denn wir würden gern noch mehr über Felanitx erfahren.

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