Actress Bo Maerten and editor Marijn Veltman from The Hague have had Club Laak converted into a cinema for their own Flora film week. Everyone is welcome to enjoy art-house films and modern classics.

The Flora film week starts Tuesday 026 April and lasts until Sunday 18 April in the club hall of the Laaktheater. The program features nineteen films from around the world, including Oscar winner Everything Everywhere All At Once, the Danish film Triangle of Sadness and the Brazilian crime film City of God.

From club hall to cinema

Bo Maerten and Marijn happened to find club Laak on the Laakhaven, a relatively unknown place where a club, restaurant, bar and exhibition space come together. Marijn: “It is a fairly raw location between the warehouses and storage facilities. A surprising location for a movie house and club.” Bo adds: “It was the first time for us to find the entrance, so we make sure that you get good directions when you buy a ticket so that you don’t miss the performance. That would of course be a pity”.

The club hall is used once a month as a discotheque and is otherwise empty. Enough time for Bo and Marijn to organize a film festival. Bo Maerten: “We recently bought our own cinema seats, a batch of beautiful red Rietveld chairs from the 1950s 200. We will of course take this with us”. And visitors don’t have to be afraid of any beer or sweat smells from the club: “We let it air out, of course”.

During the film week you can not only watch a good film at the Laakhaven, but also good food is provided. Bo: “It is important to us that a film visit at Flora feels like a real total experience. Not just a quick trip to the cinema and then off again, but that there is also the opportunity to have a drink or snack before or after, to meet people and to chat.”

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Chef Sijbren Bartlema, of restaurant BAK & restaurant Bambino, cooks the entire week modern European dishes.

Tickets film week

Film week Flora lasts from Tuesday 18 until and with Sunday 11 April at Club Laak at Lulofstraat 57. Tickets cost 10 euros, 50% discount for Cineville pass holders. Look for the program on the website of Flora film theater


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Fixed location

Bo and Marijn have set up a pop-up film festival before, but their big dream is to open Filmhuis Flora at a permanent location in The Hague. “Because we now organize film screenings at several locations in The Hague, more and more people are becoming acquainted with our idea; a new movie theater in The Hague. We also hope to enthuse the municipality and investors in this way.”

What the ladies need to realize their dream? “A building of +- 900m2 intended for culture and with space for cinemas and catering. Preferably in a residential area such as the Zeeheldenbuurt, the Energiekwartier or Scheveningen. Above all, it must be low-threshold and easily accessible. A place where everyone feels at home.”

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