Swiss cinema gets new home

Swiss cinema is to have a new home, with the cornerstone of the Centre for Research and Archives of Swiss Cinema laid in Penthaz, canton Vaud, on Tuesday.

This content was published on March 29, 2011 - 15:09 and agencies

The new centre, which is being funded with SFr60 million ($65 million) of public money, will incorporate a museum space, small cinema and areas for research work.

“Swiss cinema has finally gained recognition of its national status,” director of the Federal Culture Office Jean-Frédéric Jauslin said at the stone-laying ceremony.

Switzerland’s cinema archive, which comprises some 62,000 films, 2.8 million photographs, 300,000 posters, 72,000 magazines and 10,000 scripts, is the sixth-largest such collection in the world.

Currently the collection is stored in several separate locations which are unsuitable for long-term conservation of the documents.

The new centre will open to the public in 2015.

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