Future municipal cinema on Strasbourg street

The Third Wind team, chosen to manage the Odyssey Cinema, wants to create a place that is open to the street and the city. Focused on cinematic arts and social issues, the future municipal cinema should be accessible to professionals, associations and the public.

And what if, in order to win the delegation of the civil service of the municipal cinema of the city of Strasbourg, the Third Wind team came up with an anti-Odyssey? Finally, partly made public, the project of this fourteen-person team, bringing together talents from film, image, multimedia, art and television, wants to bring back the municipal cinema in the heart of Strasbourg, starting from its location near Place Kléber.

Noemi Flescher, multimedia trainer and association member, explains:

“The whole course of our project starts from Rue France-Bourgeois. We want the people of Strasbourg to feel invited and legitimate to take this seat. »

Third Wind Founding Team

Cecile Becker, Alice Bucereau, Noémie Flescher, Pierre Glista, Étienne Hunsinger, Laelene Leserf, Adele Lutellier, Jonathan Metz, Adrien Merlin, Catherine Müller, Maud Repiqué, Fabien Texier, Joël Therin and Till Zimmermann.

A cinema open to the city is the slogan of the Third Wind project, which intends to turn into a Collective Interest Cooperative Society (SCIC) to drive the conversation. The boards (founders, employees, viewers, partners, etc.) will be involved in varying degrees in the management of the two structures, being themselves cooperatives (cinema and bar), and the programming board will be responsible for selecting cycles and films for screening.

Part of the Third Wind team, Alice Bucereau, Cécile Becker, Etienne Hansinger, Till Zimmermann, Catherine Müller, Adele Lutelier, Noémie Flescher and Joël Teren (Photo by PF/Rue89 Strasbourg/cc)

Etienne Hunsinger, future film director, explains:

“It looks very technical, but it is an important structuring element of our proposal. We are part of the movement featured in The Movie Makers, which details how independents are reinventing what movie theaters can be in the digital age. We will be part of this generation of European cinemas that have become living spaces. »

Cinematic Art and Current Issues

This programmatic opening, however, must align with the project’s two strong axes, which are “cinematic art” such as sequences of movement, light, etc. and “social issues” that future cinema wants to shed light on through projections. based on current events. Among the French examples that inspired the Le Trois Souffle team, Etienne Hunsinger cites Gyptis in Marseille, Cinématographe in Nantes or Mellies in Saint-Étienne.

Before the selection jury, the project received points, in particular, in the category “use of different spaces” with a score of 9 out of 10. Cecile Becker, freelance journalist and future general secretary of cinema, explains:

“We will fully integrate the bar into the overall project, its space will be changed to use, for example, a mezzanine, whose arcades face Rue France-Bourgeois, especially during our events, which we hope will be many. »

Nest for kids and clubs

As for the small screening room and the current “documentation centre”, Third Wind is not without ideas, summarizes Katherine Muller, co-director of La Chambre:

“The library will be converted into an audiovisual editing and production room designed for the school audience, such as during training operations. As for the small room, we want it to serve as an area for experimentation so that it can evolve between a nest for very young viewers and a movie club. »

This “cinema dream”, according to several members of Le Trois souffle, must operate on an annual budget of around 700,000 euros, including almost 250,000 euros in municipal subsidies. The project appears to have been the “lowest bidder” of the three bids, but the team would like to point out that it still won the delegation with a subsidy level comparable to that of competing projects. The box office must provide at least 50% of the revenue (with prices comparable to those that exist in other cinemas). The team promises to be able to mobilize other funding, national and European, to balance the budget. The eleven current employees of the Odyssey Cinema will be replaced, but their functions will change significantly, given the new axes of openness and distribution that Third Wind gives itself.

Full repair work will begin on April 9, the date of the start of the delegation on the “Third Wind”, and they should last six to eight months. A preliminary period during which the team will set up legal structures and offer off-the-wall meetings ahead of the official opening scheduled for the end of the year. As for the name of the future cinema, Third Wind refuses to disclose it until the “arbitration of the mayor. »

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