Le public du Cinéma Public

About us

Cinema on the move

Cinéma Public is a movie theatre project launched by Roxanne Sayegh and Aude Renaud-Lorrain in April 2021. Now based in the screening room at Casa d’Italia in Villeray, Cinéma Public occasionally uses other popular venues, including the courtyard at Livart, for summer outdoor screenings. Cinéma Public’s big-screen films are complemented by online offerings in the form of a rental platform available to viewers everywhere in Canada. 

Cinéma Public seeks to celebrate films of every kind for Montreal audiences. Our program consists of local and international films, landmark works and little-known gems, short films and family movies, as well as a variety of special events. We place particular emphasis on improving the big-screen experience through discussions with guest artists whenever possible.

Cinéma Public’s team is committed to the year-round creation of spaces where works, artists and audiences can come together. By creating original content and developing outreach activities, we are constantly striving to expand and rejuvenate as a neighbourhood cinema.

Because cinema is a celebration of life and people still love going to the movies, Cinéma Public is committed to building on that strong, dynamic relationship by opening a new theatre in Montreal soon.

Land acknowledgment

We wish to acknowledge that the land on which our events take place is traditional and unceded Indigenous territory. The Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) are recognized as the guardians of the lands and waters of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), which has long served as a living space and a site of meeting and exchange among nations.

Beyond words, we recognize that it is essential to provide active support for Indigenous cultures and voices in the struggle against the negative consequences of colonialism.

Our team

Laurence Blais
Interim Executive Director


Aude Renaud-Lorrain
Executive Director (on leave)


Guillaume Potvin
Programming and Technical Coordinator


Philippe Bouchard-Cholette
Communications Manager


Charlotte Lehoux
Partnerships Manager


Antony Boudreau-Savoie
Audience Development Manager


Akhan Ayad
Jonathan Martineau-Denis
Xavier Doutre
Bérénice Galarneau

Venue Managers

Cinéma Public thanks the members of its board of directors for their contributions and expertise: Nadine Medawar (chair), Luc Déry (vice-chair), Robert Yalden (secretary), Marc Girard (treasurer), Colette Loumède and Benjamin Rankin.

Our programming advisory committee is made up of Charlotte Selb, Miryam Charles, Ariel Esteban Cayer, Nicolas Renaud and Bouchra Assou.

Cinéma Public thanks its institutional partners: the gouvernement du Québec through the Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, and the SODEC, the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Carrefour jeunesse-emploi, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, as well as the Caisse Desjardins du Centre-nord de Montréal.

Cinéma Public,
a cinema on the move