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Beloved Cinema Bíó Paradís Reopens on Friday

Rekjavík indie movie theatre Bíó Paradís is reopening this Friday, following several months of closure and a The cinema had officially closed its doors on May 1 and laid off its staff after an approaching rent hike and the COVID-19 pandemic had put its existence in jeopardy. Thanks to support from the City of Reykjavík and the Ministry of Culture, the cinema is now reopening – and according to its Managing Director, it’s better than ever.

“This is Paradise like you’ve never seen it before,” Hrönn Sveinsdóttir, Bíó Paradís’ managing director told Fréttablaðið. Since the theatres’ closure in May, Hrönn has been working day and night to complete much-needed renovations to the cinema, alongside staff and an army of volunteers. “People have been showing up here, no joke, to do volunteer work, over and over and over. Weekend after weekend. People just show up. It’s amazing. We ourselves have of course been working day and night. None of us has taken a summer vacation and we have been working most weekends since the theatre was closed in March in order to try and make this a reality.” Bíó Paradís now boasts new projection screens, a new projector, and a new bar, alongside countless other fixes and upgrades to its ventilation system, washrooms, and more.

Today is the cinema’s 10th anniversary, and when it opens on Friday, there will be no shortage of films to celebrate the milestone. This weekend’s programming features four premieres and Icelandic Documentary Film Festival Skjaldborg. The festival is normally held in Patreksfjörður in the Westfjords, and Hrönn points out that this year presents a unique opportunity for capital area residents to attend. “Skjaldborg is in my opinion the most fun film festival in the world. It’s more fun than Cannes… no one should let themselves miss it!”

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