There’s never enough cinematic art out there in the world. And we most definitely need more of it here in Egypt. Art houses are usually institutes that screen experimental or independent films instead of the usual commercially entertaining films most major theatres screen. So in case you’re wondering where all of these art gems are in Egypt, here are some of them: 

1- Zawya

Location: Cinema Odeon, 4 Abdel Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

Zawya is Egypt’s first art house, fully dedicated to cinema! It’s got several screenings throughout the day, usually of the same film, and they change it every few weeks.

2- Cimathequecimatheque

Location: 19A Adly street, 5th floor, Apt 28/29, Downtown, Cairo

Cinematheque offers a few screenings every now and then. They also offer workshops and lectures about famous directors. For instance, they’ll be doing a special screening of “Mawaed Asha'” on the 21st of October.

3- Institut Francais d’Egypte


Location: Mounira: 1 Madrasset El Huquq El Frinseya Road, El Mounira, Downtown
Heliopolis: 5 Shafik El Deeb Street, Off Shams El Din El Zahaby Street, Ard El Golf

“The French Institute of Egypt invites you throughout the year to discover French films. From contemporary ones to old classics”. The screenings usually take place on Sundays. However, they sometimes screen films on other days as well.

4- Room art Spaceroom

Location: Garden City, 10 Tolombat Street

Room Art Space has a “Coffee and Film” night every Sunday at 8pm! Otherwise, it offers a variety of events throughout the week, displaying all sorts of art!

5- Balcon Heliopolis


Location: 26 Sohag street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

They host public and private screenings, along with other live performances and workshops. Their screenings usually occur once a week and their setting has a nice warm Oriental charm.

6- Darb 1718 – Cinema El Fourn


Location: The Fustat area of Old Cairo

“Cinema El Fourn is an outdoor cinema showcasing independent films of variety of genres from Egypt and around the world.” They’ve got their own film calendar. Do check it out!

7- The Townhouse


Location: 10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown

Townhouse is a nonprofit art space. They do occasional screenings of independent films, alongside many other art related events!

Now go check them all out!