An entrepreneur wants to open the cinema, which would be the first of its type in the Netherlands
The Stadspark in Groningen could host a new open-air cinema, reports the GIC. The plans have come from a Groningen-based entrepreneur, Roland Breteler, who wants to open a ‘green, sustainable and permanent’ cinema in the park.
The plan is to show films from 2022, annually from mid-June to mid-September, in a courtyard in the northern part of the City Park. The site, a former basketball court and roller-skating rink, is now 700 m2 of asphalt and concrete tiles. The plan is to create a large garden there in which the cinema will be housed.
The films would be screened on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; and some Sundays. According to Breteler, the programme would consist of a mix of cult, arthouse and classic films. Hollywood releases will also be be shown, he says. Each screening is to be preceded by a matching short film, which could provide a platform for local film-makers.
The Stadspark Cinema is planned to run entirely on solar energy. “The energy stored during the day is released onto the screen in the evening. The solar panels that cover the terrace also keep visitors dry should it rain during a performance. The rainwater that falls on the solar panels is collected, so that drinking water does not need to be used during a dry period to keep the lawn and garden green”, say the plans.
The Stadspark Cinema could welcome approximately 10,000 visitors per year.