As a critical film exhibition program, the Cinematheque Centres are structures located around the country that serve as cinematic venues exclusively operated by the FDCP where it can execute its programs to reach local film communities.

While commercial movie theaters in the country primarily show mainstream films dictated by business interests, FDCP Cinematheques serve as alternative theaters that showcase more diverse content offerings to the regions, including independent, classic, and world cinema. More than a screening venue, Cinematheques have become a hub for a film community to come together, nurture their local filmmakers, and create an audience following that supports their local area’s stories and narratives.  

The Cinematheque Centres are found in the following locations:

  • Cinematheque Centre Manila - T. M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila
  • Cinematheque Centre Iloilo – Iznart cor. Solis Sts. Iloilo City
  • Cinematheque Centre Davao – Palma Gil St. Davao City
  • Cinematheque Centre Zamboanga – Veterans cor. Legionaire Sts. Zamboanga City
  • Cinematheque Centre Nabunturan – Nabunturan, Compostella Valley
  • Cinematheque Centre Negros – Bacolod City, Negros

The Cinematheque Centres showcases monthly thematic films which are curated by the central programming committee along with classic and contemporary films for special partnerships. It also partners with the Development Support Division to hold regular film education workshops on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and all other aspects of filmmaking. 

The Cinematheque Centres allow venue rentals for events and other activities that are in line with FDCP’s mandate and thrusts to further develop the film industry. A minimal fee is collected depending on the negotiation with the event coordinators. Partnerships are very much welcome.

The standard rental fee for the use of the Cinematheque Centre Manila is P1,500/hour and P 1,000 for regional Cinematheque Centres. 

Venue rental includes the following amenities:

  • Use of the theatre including lobby and gallery; display of exhibit is subject for approval
  • House Manager and front-of-house staff, Technical Operator
  • Basic light set-up: stage lighting
  • Basic sound set-up; 2 wired microphones, 2 wireless microphones. Event organizer must provide for the battery (9V).
  • DVD/Bluray player


As the management body of the theatre, the Cinematheque Centre Manila has first rights to its use for events, screenings and other functions. While this does affect the availability of the theatre for outside events, we do want to share our beautiful space and so will work with you and do our best to accommodate your needs.

Accepted Usages

The space can be used for workshops, exhibitions, artistic performances, celebrations or other uses subject to the approval of the Cinematheque Centre Manila management.
Reservation Deposit

A reservation deposit of 50% of the total rental fee must be paid to reserve the date for your event. The total amount must be paid at least three (3) days prior to the agreed date of event.


In the event of a cancellation, the Cinematheque Centre reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the agreed rental fee. The Cinematheque Centre must be notified of cancellation at least one (1) day prior to the event. Failure to notify would result in forfeiture of payment. Should the Cinematheque Centre be not able to accommodate the event, the reservation deposit will be fully refunded.