Bar and filmhouse Camera Stylo aims to be a place for people to watch, discuss, and enjoy films.
From the downstairs alone, there’s nothing too special about this screening space, nestled just off Dongsishitiao. Coffee, tea, beer (15-35RMB) and cocktails (40-55RMB) are all available from menus re-purposed from old film fan magazines, while porcelain and patterned wallpaper give the space an old-timey, slightly twee air.
Upstairs, however, this café distinguishes itself as a new go-to spot for movie lovers thanks to its screening rooms.
The space hosts free public screenings upstairs in its largest room, while smaller rooms off to the side are available for private screenings (70RMB an hour). The screenings are done with a pretty standard, small-scale digital projection set-up, but Camera Stylo’s film selection has been strong so far, with a special focus on Chinese, independent and cult films.
The friendly British and Chinese couple Anna Sowley and Sun Yao who run the place provide the movies for private screenings and say they’ve been able to meet every film request so far, which sounds like a challenge to us.
It’s hardly a deluxe cinema experience, but those wanting to tuck in somewhere cosy with a cult classic should check out Camera Stylo.