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New Cinema Opens by Reykjavík Harbor

Valdimar Leifsson and his wife Bryndís Kristjánsdóttir opened the culture venue Cinema no. 2 in early July in the old fishermen’s living quarters Verbúd 2 (the blue houses) by the Reykjavík harbor next to Café Haiti.

Reykjavík harbor. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“The idea is for it to be a casual showroom, not the typical theater hall with chairs lined up but with chairs, tables and sofas,” Leifsson told Morgunbladid.

The café and cinema are operated separately but there is a connection between them. “People can have a coffee and then come up here, watch a film and relax,” Leifsson said.

The café-theater has proven popular, he stated. “We just have to figure out what people want to watch—we’re just starting off slowly.” The facilities can also be used for presentations, concerts and other events.

Currently a short documentary on the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull which Leifsson made himself is being screened at Cinema no. 2.

“It is very popular, everyone wants to see it,” Leifsson stated. His films always have English and German commentary.

Leifsson said the harbor has been full of life this summer, both Icelanders and foreign tourists have taken advantage of the increased service there. “It’s like being abroad.” He said the harbor becomes absolutely crowded on Saturdays when the fish market is open.

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