Bíó Paradís (lit. “Cinema Paradise“) is a new independent cinema in the centre of Reykjavik, screening the latest arthouse releases, special genre films, repertory cinema, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films. It opened for business on September 15th 2010.
Bíó Paradís especially emphasizes Icelandic films of all types, old and new. Bíó Paradís is also the centre of activies of the annual Reykjavik International Film Festival and several smaller festivals, such as The Reykjavik Short Film Days, Reykjavik Shorts & Docs and Reykjavík International Childrens Film Festival. The cinema features a café/bar and a shop with DVD’s, books and other film-related products. It has four screens; Screen One has a capacity of 205, Screen Two 130, Screen Three 46 and Screen Four 38.
Bíó Paradís succeeds Regnboginn (The Rainbow), an older cinema located at the premises since 1977. Regnboginn was the first multiplex cinema built in Europe. It ceased operations on June 1st 2010. Bíó Paradís is run by the non-profit organisation Heimili kvikmyndanna (Lit. “The Home of Cinema”). The organisation was founded by The Association of Icelandic Film Producers, The Filmmakers Association, Film Director’s Guild Iceland, Reykjavík International Film Festival and The Cinephiles Society. It has received financial support from the City of Reykjavik and The Icelandic Film Centre. It also enjoys collaboration with all the main film distributors in Iceland, The National Film Archive, The Icelandic Film School and other bodies of film education.