Strasbourg. This iconic city center cinema is getting a makeover: what you need to know

The L’Odyssée cinema in Strasbourg will be closed for the duration of the works. (© Ivan Kapechki / Strasbourg News)

Team Third Wind, the association chosen to manage the Odyssey municipal cinema in Strasbourg, presented this Monday, April 11, their project for this emblematic place in the city centre.

New name for a new life

To mark this change, it was necessary to change its name. And it will be… “Cosmos,” Till Zimmermann, President of Third Wind, introduced, not without drumming with his fingers.

Why is this name? “Because it seems like it says a lot about the philosophy of the project,” Mr. Zimmermann replies before moving on to the next:

The cosmos has no center. The cosmos is always in motion, it is evolving, it is constantly changing. In the Cosmos, all elements interact: sometimes they attract, sometimes they repel. […]In short, there is always something going on in the Cosmos. […] And, of course, the cosmos includes all […].

Till ZimmermannPresident of the Third Wind

Work on a makeover

Repair and finishing work has begun on Cosmos.

For a total of €850,000, these include refurbishment of the building envelope, reconfiguration and renovation of the lobby and bar, as well as improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility, security and replacement of obsolete technical equipment.

The work should be completed by the end of the year, and operation will immediately follow.

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The work should be completed before the end of the year. (© Ivan Kapechki / Strasbourg News)

Updated spaces

“We will be moving through space in different ways,” announces Cecile Becker, future secretary general of Cosmos, before referring, among other things, to “the current documentation center that will be converted into a studio.” “This studio is designed to host workshops aimed at younger audiences or the general public,” she adds.

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As for the small fireplace room L’Odyssée, it will be “modularized: some of the seats will slide out to make room, for example, for pouffes for a young audience or for exhibitions,” explains Alice Bourcereau, who is also involved in the project.

Revised tariff plan

The full price is 8 euros, the reduced price is 5 euros. “The reduced fare will also be available to everyone in the form of a book of 10 tickets at a price of 50 euros, no name and no time limit,” says Etienne Hansinger, Treasurer of Third Wind, future Director of Operations. Space.

There will also be a price of sessions for a young audience of 3 €.

“We will accept the UGC card,” Mr. Hunsinger says.

Space, arthouse cinema

In the program plan, the Kosmos cinema will remain an art-house cinema.

“It is important for us not to establish a hierarchy between cinematic forms and genres. We will treat all films with the same care, the same curiosity and the same love, to feed the cycles that will make up the programming of the Cosmos,” promises Alice Burcero, who is responsible for introducing this Monday’s programming component. new project. .

To keep this program “as alive as possible”, the Le Trois souffle team decided to create a “programming board” tasked with developing it.

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In 2021, L’Odyssée was named one of the 50 most beautiful cinemas in the world by Time Out magazine. (© Ivan Kapechki / Strasbourg News)

New page of the legendary cinema

In 2021, L’Odyssée was named one of the 50 most beautiful cinemas in the world by the British cultural magazine Time Out.

In March 2022, we learned that Third Wind was to take this place, ending three decades of the reign of the Rencontres Cinematographiques d’Alsace (RCA) association, whose management practices and its director’s economic management have been criticized. inquiry question street89.

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