Cinema comes home
Ten cinemas, with 2,000 seats.
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.