The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg
Did you know?
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.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)11 039 7305
How to get here
From the M1 South, go around the city and take the M2 East. Take the Joe Slovo off-ramp, followed by the Market Street off-ramp, to your right. Keep right and cross over one set of traffic lights. At the next set of lights, turn right in to Betty Street and immediately right in to Fox Street. The Bioscope will be on your left.
Tours to do
Book a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct with Main Street Walks.
What to eat
Chalkboard Collaboration Cafe is located between the Pata Pata Restaurant and The Bioscope. It serves pizza, beer and bagels. The Bioscope is also a licenced venue, which means you can bring refreshments in to the cinema with you.
See the Bioscope website for details of forthcoming screenings and events.