The first airport cinema hall in the Eastern and Northern Europe was
inaugurated at Vilnius Airport on May 28th. Now passengers waiting for
their flights can enjoy their time at the airport even more and watch
Lithuanian creators’ films in FilmBox LT hall free of charge.
The idea of unconventional passenger lounge at Vilnius Airport was
implemented in cooperation with the Lithuanian Film Centre. Until the
end of the year, the cinema will show Lithuanian short feature films,
documentaries and cartoons selected by the short film agency Lithuanian
Shorts and arranged into three programs.
“Vilnius Airport is not just an infrastructure, it is also the space
where passengers spend a lot of time. We care about our passengers and
their good mood, therefore we have established the cinema, where
passengers will have an opportunity to relax before the flight as well
as to become familiar with the Lithuanian cinema”, said Gediminas
Almantas, CEO at SE Lithuanian Airports.
The first FilmBox LT ambassador - Nelė Savičenko, a film and theatre
actress, winner of the National Culture and Art Prize – was introduced
during the opening of the cinema hall. She promised to spread the word
about the unusual cinema at Vilnius Airport and the contemporary
Lithuanian cinema in Lithuania and abroad.
“We are very excited the airport has let the Lithuanian culture and
the works of young cinema makers in. This is one of the finest examples
in Lithuania and elsewhere of how business and cultural institutions can
cooperate by focusing on feelings and experiences of people rather than
profit”, said Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, one of the initiators of FilmBox
LT, the Head of Film Distribution, Information and Heritage Division of
the Lithuanian Film Centre.
The first visitors of the cinema hall watched the 11-minute film
“Forest”, created by Ignas Meilūnas this year and premiered at the film
festival “Kino Pavasaris”.
The film repertoire will be regularly changed to show as many works
of our country’s cinema makers as possible. All films are shown in
Lithuanian with English subtitles. The future plans of FilmBox LT
include introducing full-length movies to Vilnius Airport passengers.
FilmBox LT cinema hall is located in the renewed departure area of
Vilnius Airport next to the gate A2. Its working hours are adapted to
the flight schedule – films are shown from the first to the last flight
of the day.