If you are staying to the south of the city, near Coyoacan, you must visit the recently remodeled Cineteca Nacional (National Film Archive), located at the Mexico-Coyoacan Avenue number 359, where, in addition to being one of the best offerings in art films at affordable prices, it now has a new Gabriel Figueroa outdoor forum, where spectators can enjoy free films and other exhibitions.
The remodeling of the cineteca included the creation of green areas, renovated movie theaters, new technology, a film museum, video-library and a restoration laboratory. The outdoor theater has patio heaters so that spectators are not bothered by the cold nights during the screening of the film. If you are staying in the city during Holy Week, you will be able to enjoy the outdoors Mexican Film cycle, which will screen films like The Dead Person has the Compass, directed by Jesus Garcia Pons, among others. www.cinetecanacional.net
To the west of the city, in the Santa Fe area, is a magical place that will take you back in time to the fifties, it is the Coyote drive-in. Unique in Mexico City, this place offers the most important titles of Hollywood, projected on a large screen, for you to enjoy the film in the comfort of your car. The admission fee is per car and not per passenger, therefore you can invite as many friends as will fit in your car, and pay only one admission fee. Once inside, those wishing to be more comfortable can go to a special lounge with seats, from where they can watch the film with the local audio. If you car has no stereo, don’t worry, the sound reaches your car through a loudspeaker with wi-fi technology you are given upon arrival, so as not to miss any detail. Check out their billboard here www.autocinemacoyote.com/home/cartelera.php
If you are strolling through downtown, the option is visiting the Halo of Light Center for Digital Culture, a space for the spreading of culture, education, production and cultural contacts, where institutions and artists, devoted to exploring the forms of expression in the digital world, come together. This is a space, unique in Mexico, aimed at all age groups, displaying artistic creation and entertainment through photography, video, animation, digital storytelling, performance and electronic music. This institution has as its emblem the so called Halo of Light, a monument commemorating the bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence and Revolution. During this Holy Week season they will be exhibiting Altar of Light, a project with music by Gabriela Ortiz, and a poem by Maria Baranda. www.centrodeculturadigital.com