A peek at the Uplace offer
Relaxing in a wellness centre, watching a movie in a new cinema complex. Attending a concert or a show in a modern concert hall with 3,000 seats. Eating and drinking in 50 innovative cafés and restaurants. Experiencing attractions which are new to Belgium. Open air shopping with a choice of 270 experience shops. Working in smart office buildings. Sleeping in a trendy hotel. Meeting in new public squares and parks. And all of that in one place. We are not a shopping centre, we are not an office complex, we are not a cultural centre. We are everything in one. We are a new city in a deserted urban area. We are Uplace.
If you think Uplace is only about shops, then you’re wrong. Thanks to a leisure offer covering 34 % of the total surface area, Uplace is the perfect place for a family day out. Sports activities, places to eat and culture: everything is possible at Uplace. But what does Uplace have to offer? Let’s take a peek!
The central square, which could be considered the site’s beating heart and the perfect meeting place, opens onto a multipurpose theatre and cinema equipped with the latest technology. The goal of the Uplace cinema is to revive the history of Belgian cinema in the region. Few people know it, but there were actually film studios on this spot more than 80 years ago. The magnificent Château de Belval stood in the middle of an idyllic 14-ha park. The pioneer of Belgian film, Hippolyte De Kempeneer, decided to set up the professional Belga Films studios here. Between 1922 and 1926, Machelen became the paradise of the film industry. Some 20 silent film were shot there, often by well-known directors who worked with Belgian and foreign actors, and sometimes local extras. Sadly, Belga Films wasn’t able to fight off the competition from France and, four years after it was set up, it was forced to close its doors. Nearly 100 years later, the arrival of Uplace will help to give this rich cinematographic history a new lease of life. Uplace is therefore proud to offer a cinema complex with more than ten screens, run by Belga films.
Uplace will make sure there's always something going on. A team of professionals, lead by an intendant, will change your visit into an extraordinary discovery trip.
Do you cant to cook with a four-star Chef? Paint with an urban artist? Garden with a tree doctor? Follow a workshop videoblogging? We'll put it on our calendar! A classical concert in the theatre at night? The musicians might surprise you with an open rehearsal in the afternoon!