‘The Prince Charles has a place in my heart. It’s the people, the programming, the accessibility, feeling, texture... you cannot go wrong. You also know that on any given day, you can close your eyes, press your finger to the programme and you’ll hit something great. It’s like tuning into your favourite radio station.’
If film is a religion, then cinemas are churches. When the lights go down, we’re a comminity. Whether you’re a casual fan or an Oscar-winning director, everybody is equal under the flicker of a projector, sharing the love of cinema and the collective hatered of that guy who keeps looking at his phone.
Every fan has their favourite auditorium, and the filmmakers shaping the experience within those theaters are no exception. To celebrate these escapist temples, we asked our roster of the coolest filmmakers on the planet – including Jennifer Kent, Nia DaCosta, Edgar Wright, Barry Jenkins, Pedro Almodóvar, Denis Villeneuve, Rian Johnson and Paul Thomas Anderson – to name their most beloved cinema. They shot back with a legendary array of theaters ranging from historic venues and new-wave luxury auditoriums to weatherbeaten multiplexes. World-class directors: They’re just like us… butter-stained pants and all.
Interviews by Kaleem Aftab, Anna Smith, Andy Kryza, Ashanti Omkar, David Hughes, Sophie Monks Kaufman, Michael Juliano, Dave Calhoun and Phil de Semlyen