Open Cinema was originally designed by architect Colin Fournieras a temporary structure for the town of Guimarães, Portugal in 2012. The project was an homage to the politically radical cinema culture championed by local cinema clubs as well as to the town’s manufacturing past. It was free to the public, encouraging social participation, generosity and openness. Its new edition specially adapted as an Associated Project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and has been located to a new public square on the bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon.
While the upper body of the viewer is part of the cinematic experience, their legs are rooted in the outside world. Inside, viewers are treated to local films.