Capitole Cinema - Cinémathèque suisse

Avenue du Théâtre 6
Inaugurated in 1928, the Capitole Cinema, an iconic venue for the cinematographic art, has undergone its third profound transformation since the 1959 renovations. Now entirely refurbished, this legendary movie theatre, the largest in Switzerland with a total of 900 seats, has regained all of its former splendour after three years of works carried out by the City of Lausanne.

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Avenue du Théâtre 6
1005 Lausanne

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Palud square

In the centre of the square is the town’s oldest fountain, adorned with a statue representing justice. Close by, a clock presents the history of Vaud in animated scenes every hour from 9:00 to 19:00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings this is the site of the country market, which also sets up shop in the neighbouring pedestrian streets. Every first Friday of the month, it plays host to a craft market. Typical cafes, boutiques and large, elegant shops complement what this high-class district, which is completely pedestrianised, has to offer.

La Cité

This is a quarter full of typical small bistros and craft shops. To the north of the Cité hill, at Place du Tunnel, avenue César-Roux avenue and Place de l’Ours, shops and quirky bistros cry out to be discovered. It is around the Cité hill, sculpted by the Flon and Louve rivers, that the mediaeval town grew. Its cobble-stoned pedestrian streets as well as its monuments, the Cathedral of Lausanne, the St-Maire Castle and the Old academy, bear witness to that.

Lausanne Cathedral

At the heart of the old town, the majestic Lausanne Cathedral overlooks the city. Seen as one of the most beautiful gothic art monuments in Europe, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year.

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This monumental project has involved the creation of a second screening room and a new, contemporary foyer below ground. Named after the former historical owner of the Capitole, “Mademoiselle” Lucienne Schnegg, this new room will enable the Cinémathèque suisse (Swiss Film Archives) to broaden and diversify its activities, particularly by extending projection time and screening two films simultaneously, one in each room. As for the main, historic room that is destined to welcome many events, it will bear the name of legendary director and pioneer of the Cinémathèque suisse, Freddy Buache.

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