The opening of one of West Africa’s biggest movie theaters. The second-oldest still-running film company in the world, Pathé, opened an office in the capital of Senegal.
Twelve movie theaters are now accessible to Dakar residents who enjoy watching movies.
A significant accomplishment for a city where, in the 2000s, DVD competition and the disengagement of the state caused almost all of the theaters to close.
The French company Pathé Dakar cinema’s director of operations hopes it will reenergize the industry.
“Why go with Senegal? Senegal has a history, first and foremost “Moustahpa Samb cries out.
“We are familiar with well-known Senegalese movie stars like Sèmbène Ousmane and Djibril Diop Mambety. It is a country where up-and-coming artists begin to gain recognition on a global level. Recently, the success of Senegalese cinema has been aided by both the diaspora and young Dakar-based filmmakers. Its ecosystem is in good shape.”
On Friday, the cinema complex welcomed its first audience members.
Although the ceremony was originally scheduled for 2020, the pandemic and supply issues caused a delay. The location has more than 7 cinemas and a seating capacity of 1,394.
Films from all over the world will be screened here.
The Senegalese film industry is regarded as one of the most established and vibrant in Africa, but it suffered after its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s. Recently, production has increased. The popularity of TV shows is rising.