About il Cristallo

The beautiful Cinema Cristallo is found in the heart of the stunning medieval town of Dolceacqua, around 8km (10 minutes) inland from the Riviera coast, just behind Ventimiglia/Bordighera. It features regular films in Italian, and shows English-language films (with Italian subtitles) once a month. The Cinema also acts as a theatre, featuring occasional concerts, conferences, etc. The programme and upcoming features can be found at; http://www.cinemacristallo.org/en/programmazione/

The English-language films feature a mix of recent and classic films, aimed at visitors or local residents who want to enjoy a film in English. These showings are often preceded by an optional presentation about the film in English  (see http://www.cinemacristallo.org/en/the-full-english/).

The 200-seat cinema was modernised and adapted for digital projection in 2011. Since the relaunch of the Cinema, the Cristallo has been run by a group of volunteers (and movie-lovers).

The Italian web pages give a complete list of films shown since the reopening of the cinema. The cinema itself does not run a summer programme in July, August and September, but instead it takes movies ‘on the road’, taking advantage of the summer heat to show films at outside venues nearer the coast.

To learn more about the history of the Cristallo (and it’s worth reading!), see: http://www.cinemacristallo.org/storia/


Michela Basso, collaborator
Patrizia Basso, secretary
Graziella Bosco, president
Alessio Marroni, collaborator
Daria Pall Calinescu, collaborator
Agnese Molinaro, vice-president
Leo Perrino, treasurer
Federica Romano, web designer and site manager
Tom Parkhill, collaborator
Ivano Ricci, collaborator
Chiara Melli, collaborator