The Cinematheques of Norway

Publisert: 15.03.2011 | Sist endret: 03.10.2014

Since 2008 the Norwegian Film Institute has coordinated common screenings of digitized classics in cinematheque screenings in seven cities all over Norway every week. Newer films of special interest and great cultural value are also included in the program. The Cinematheques of Bergen, Kristiansand, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim also have a lot of other screenings in 35mm film. The cinematheques of Lillehammer and Stavanger are run with the weekly digital screenings only.

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The common screenings are a result of a project introducing screenings of digital material of cinema quality (DCPs) in the program of the seven cooperating cinematheques of Norway. The Norwegian Film Institute, which also hosts the Cinematheque of Oslo, coordinates the activities. The objectives have been:

  • To create a chain of seven digital cinematheques in Norway in Bergen, Kristiansand, Lillehammer, Oslo, Stavanger, Tromsø, and Trondheim
  • To partly replace 35mm film with high quality digital formats (minimum 2K, DCI) for cinematheque screenings
  • To make more classic films from world film history available for high quality cinematheque screenings, also including newer film, documentaries, shorts, and other films of special interest
  • To make classic films in 2K and 4K resolution available for other art house cinemas or film societies, and as high quality alternative content in commercial cinemas
  • To set up an infrastructure for broadband HD-streaming of introductions and other film related events between the collaborating cinematheques
  • To promote digitization of classical Norwegian films to 2K or 4K.

Since October 2008 the seven cinematheques have had weekly screenings, and by June 2014 more than 170 different films have been screened in all the cinematheques. Usually the same film will be screened simultaneously in all the seven cities. English language films are often screened without subtitles, or if available, with Scandinavian subtitles.

All these screenings are digital from server and on 2K or 4K projectors. More information contact (phone+47 22 47 45 36 ).

For contacts and web pages for the seven cinematheques: please click the city names in the right column above.