Chad: 1.8 m Euros spent on re-opening the Normandy cinema


The legendary ‘Normandy’ cinema theatre has been renovated and was inaugurated in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena on January 8,  2011, after thirty years of closure. This event could be one of several events signalling the return of large cinema theatres in several African capitals.

President Idriss Deby cut the ribbon himself to mark the event, after a top to bottom renovation of the Normandy. The new cinema director is director Issa Serge Coelo (Tartina City, 2006). A man who cries from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun – a Chadian film awarded at the Cannes Film Festival and screened for the first time in Chad -  is the first film that got projected in the brand new room.

The renovation cost 1.2 bn F CFA (1.8 million Euros) and was financed by the Chadian Government. The theatre was presented over the 50th anniversary of the country’s Independence. It is « the gift » that the Chadian government chose to finance with on the occasion. The new Normandie has 470 comfortable seats, a 12 metre large screen, and Dolby Stereo sound. Two top of the range projectors allow it to show either 35 mm or digital films.

The Ultramodern complex will present 6 new films per month; the latest US and European productions, at least one African film, an animation, a Bollywood or another Asian film. The distributor behind it is Jean-Pierre Lemoine. The government plans to invest in renovating three other film theatres in the country.