The 2017 South African Recovery Film Festival takes place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town and The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg.

Cape Town: The Labia Theatre

68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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This historic and much-loved venue is the only remaining independent cinema in town. It is also the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa, showing indy movies, historical cinema and other alternative and art circuit films.

Originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, it was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theatre for the staging of live performances. Today it is the focal point of Cape Town’s alternative movie scene and appeals to the more discerning viewer who enjoys the charm of its old-world ambience.

Johannesburg: Bioscope Independent Cinema

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The aim of The Bioscope, an independent cinema in downtown Johannesburg, has always been to increase the diversity of content on South African cinema screens thereby becoming an important cultural space in the city of Johannesburg. In bringing new films to new audiences, The Bioscope has helped play a fundamental role in growing new markets for new films, becoming a vital mechanism in developing local audiences for locally & internationally produced cinema.

The Bioscope is about invigorating a new appreciation of film as an art form, celebrating the medium and bring exciting cinema to as wide an audience as possible.

The Bioscope is a single screen, 62 –seat independent cinema theatre located in the heart of  Johannesburg’s old town, in the eastern part of city. The Bioscope is located on the ground floor of Main Street Life, the 2010 development by Propertuity who have gone on to develop the successful Maboneng Precinct.


The South African Recovery Film Festival is a project of Recovery Events Cape Town, a registered South African Non Profit Organisation