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The Bioscope is the only cinema in South Africa that uses old car seats for cinema seating.
The Bioscope is an independent cinema in Johannesburg where feature film and documentary lovers can enjoy some of South Africa's best productions in an intimate and innovative space.
The only one of its kind in the city, this Johannesburg cinema is known for screening films and documentaries that don't usually feature on the mainstream film circuit. While these are often local productions, the Bioscope also shows classic films and documentaries sourced from further afield.
As well as increasing the diversity of content on South African movie screens, the Bioscope also hosts concerts, workshops, festivals and interesting dining events that carefully pair movies with food. Look out for their Noodle Box Cinema Nights, which pair classic Asian and kung-fu films with noodle dishes sourced from Asian restaurants in the area.
With these kinds of innovations, the Bioscope is much more than just a cinema; it facilitates an entertainment experience with a twist. The venue has become an important part of the city's cultural scene, making a significant contribution to the regeneration of the inner city. It does so by supporting local industries and collaborating with organisations that share the vision of co-owners Russell Grant and Darryl Els, for a warm, engaging cinema space in the heart of the city.
Located in a restored industrial building, it is one of several venues in a complex that combines residential studios, retail shops, a rooftop events venue and a boutique hotel. With its trendy location and commitment to supporting the growth of South African film, the Bioscope is an attractive alternative to the mainstream cinemas located in suburbs and shopping malls.
Their programme of screenings and events is designed to appeal to anyone looking for a South African film experience that is as different as this cinema in the exciting Maboneng Precinct.