Francois Beaurain

 

Cinémaghrib

Rabat, 2020

Morocco holds an incredible heritage of movie theatres built between 1913 and now. Such
a diversity of movie theatres in such a shape is rare. Unlike Europe, where the vintage
movie theatres have been turned into multiplexes, the Kingdom’s cinemas have kept their
architecture and their identity. Unfortunately, this heritage is in danger. Many movie theatres
are closing down and many of them have already been destroyed. The arrival of TV, VHS and finally internet has caused massive public disaffection. Out of 240 theatres in operation
in the 1980s, only twenty were still in activity at the beginning of 2020. Because of the
pandemic and the lockdown, the current situation is catastrophic.


Cinemaghrib aims at identifying, photographing and documenting Moroccan theatres before it's too late...

At the date of today, 60 cinemas have been documented. Here is a small sample.

teatro cervantes,  cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema1913, Gran Teatro Cervantès, Tanger

 

boujloud,  cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema1917, Boujloud, Fès

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, renaissance1923, La Renaissance, Rabat

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, tetouan, espanol1923, Teatro Espanol, Tétouan

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, rialto, casablanca1930, Rialto, Casablanca

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, camera, meknes1938, Caméra, Meknès

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, tanger, rif1940, Cinémathèque de Tanger

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, Zelidja1947, Zelidja

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, avenida, tetouan1949, Avenida, Tétouan

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, beaulieu1954, Beaulieu

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, rif, casablanca1958, Rif, Casablanca

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, royal, oujda1975, Royal, Oujda

 

cinemaghrib, morocco, theatre, cinema, rabat, lynx2019, Rabat, Lynx