On 11 July EYE celebrated receiving its 100,000th paying visitor. Since opening its doors in April this year, the new film museum has welcomed more than 225,000 visitors. Both the film programmes and the exhibitions have attracted scores of viewers.
The 100,000th ticket was celebrated with a small ceremony. The lucky visitor, Lenne van Schie of Eindhoven, was treated to flowers, an EYE Friends Pass and the catalogue of the Stanley Kubrick exhibition by EYE director Sandra den Hamer.
Since the official opening of the new building on 5 April 2012, EYE has already welcomed more than 225,000 people. Visitors not only come to see a film or an exhibition, but also to enjoy the architecture, the freely accessible Basement, EYE’s bar restaurant with its panoramic view of the river IJ, to hold meetings or to take part in branch events.
Covering more than 1,200 square metres, the new exhibition room is a great success with the museum’s visitors. The opening exhibition Found Footage: Cinema Exposed attracted more than 35,000 people in three months, while the recently opened tribute to Stanley Kubrick was visited by over 10,000 in the space of two weeks.
The four new theatres, screening classics, films for young people, Cinema Concerts and the latest arthouse films, are likewise very popular with the viewers.
Audience participation in EYE’s educational activities shows a marked increase compared to previous years: more than 2,500 school children and their teachers took part in school shows, tours and workshops.