Front of the cinema La Clef, during open-doors period (jan-feb. 2022)

La Clef Revival

is a ground-up initiative to preserve the last community-run cinema in Paris and promote collective action in film exhibition.

After we occupied La Clef for over two years to prevent its definitive closure, we realized the only way to save the cinema was to buy and run it ourselves.

And with your help, it’s possible!

Safeguarding a historic movie theater

After we were evicted from La Clef, we launched an effort to buy the cinema ourselves and reopen it to the public. We agreed on a price with the owner and already raised over €2 M through our endowment fund, Cinéma Revival – today, we’re there, and we need your support in the final metres!

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To create the cinema of our dreams

We wish to make La Clef into a communal space for cinema lovers, with participatory programming, a focus on lesser seen or self-produced films, pay-what-you-want pricing, frequent conversations and creative workshops with film professionnals… and much more!

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With the support of many!

Not only did thousands of audience members and the press mobilize by our side to defend La Clef, but we can also count on the support of filmmakers — such as Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Céline Sciamma… — and artists, including David Lynch and Wang Bing, who donated art-work for a charity sale!

Read Martin Scorsese’s letter


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We did it. La Clef is saved.

From stories of workers’ struggles to decolonial films, La Clef has always been a movie theater that confronted pressing political issues, making space and giving a platform to other justice-oriented movements. We carried on this history from the first months…

A massive collective effort you can barely see!

The fight to reopen La Clef is a huge collective effort, which is not always visible! Of course, there’s the collection of donations and the bank loan’s negotiation to finance the purchase of the cinema before the end of March…

The sale continues

The exhibition-sale “Tout doit disparaître” (Everything must go) was a wild adventure and a great success: over two thousand people visited it during the two days it was on display, and 50 pieces of art – half of all those…

Mission to March

Thanks to all of you. Our crowdfunding to save La Clef raised today €357,000. But we still need time to complete the purchase, and obtained a 5-month extension! Dear public, dear donors, The sale’s agreement promise we signed in April…