Saint Colomban and La Bobine!

Once again, I have written a bit on this site but feel never enough. It is at a very quant and lovely area of Quimperlé and we love to walk by it. As movies goes and lately not in one , no time to see one there but the place looks very enticing and very nice architecture at the expense of something else. Just love these architecturally ,historical places of my belle France.

So the Saint Colomban was a church, as many in France due to the current revolution it was force to close and even arrived in ruins. The town found someone who decided to open a cinema here. A good idea and that is La Bobine. Let me tell you a bit about the Saint Colomban and la Bobine.


The ruins of the church of Saint Colomban, at 18 rue Brémond d’Ars ,there since the 6C!!! with a Celtic monastery following the rules of Irish Saint Colomban. Destroyed by the Vikings in 878. Some claimed to have been renovated by the year 1000 and on the 13C a great Gothic church long of 50 meters was built. It still can be seen a piece from this period by the wall of the altar with sculptures and a facade renovated from the 15C.


Abandoned since 1792 in favor of the Sainte-Croix Abbey Church (see posts), which has become the chief parish of the town, the church is carved up and quickly falls into disrepair. In the 19C, the old sacristy was raised and converted into a dwelling house, leading to the piercing of two windows in the wall of the old choir. The ruins now only include a section of wall comprising, in the lower part, a semicircular gate and, above, a broken arch bay from which all the stone mullions have disappeared. A cinema stands today on part of the right of way of the old choir. It is name  Cinema La Bobine.

Quimperle cinema La bobine ent arch old ch St Colomban front jul20

A bit of modern history on the La Bobine cinema from old newspaper articles I found at the Telegramme.  After WWII, which had partially suspended the sessions, a new period began. The Pax Hall is completely renovated: benches replaced, upstairs projection room, entrance hall, large stage for other shows, capacity of the hall increased to 700 spectators. The Pax is sold (but remains the property of the Saint-Colomban association) to a private, Mr. Guyard. He owned other cinemas like in Douarnenez and completely modernized the Quimperlé cinema, which became the Eden, with a slightly religious connotation.

Around 1995, Mr. Guyard sold the cinema. Become an associative cinema under Cinéquipe, supported by the City of Quimperlé. In 1999-2000, the town decided to modernize it completely to adapt it to new standards and to keep it attractive. But the start of construction is postponed by the floods and the delay in the grant from the General Council. In 2002, the new hall was inaugurated, with a new name, La Bobine. Voilà the short story. Hope you enjoy it as me finding it

My favorite cinema site Allôcine on La BobineAllôcine on La Bobine

The Facebook page of cinema La BobineFacebook page of cinema La Bobine

And there you go folks, see a nice movie in a historical place with still old remnants of what it was, just amazing; it should be good at night. Anyway, this is cinema La Bobine today.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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6 Comments to “Saint Colomban and La Bobine!”

  1. Muy buena entrada amigo mío, te felicito y te saludo de España. Una pregunta, ¿qué es eso de peaceful protest we are Coweta?


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