Hayy Cinema opened to the public on December 6, 2022, coinciding with Hayy Jameel’s one year anniversary.
Hayy Cinema expands the definition of cinema as a meeting point to watch, learn, exchange, discover and research; the complex includes a 168-seat theatre, a 30-seat community screening room, a multimedia library and an educational exhibition space. Imagined as a year-round home for the Saudi film community and local cine-enthusiasts, the permanent, two-floor space at Hayy Jameel is designed by Jeddah-based architectural practice Bricklab, whose design won an international architectural competition run by Art Jameel in 2019, and is based on the extensive research into the history of cinema in the Gulf, and interviews with Saudi and regional actors, directors and producers.
Hayy Cinema's year-round programming includes Saudi, Arab and international features, shorts and documentaries and is set to host flagship film festivals for all – from children through to country- and genre-specific audiences.
Community Jameel Initiatives
PO Box 248
Jeddah 21411, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
T: +966 12 660 3177