The iconic cinema in Esch opened its doors in 1962, and closed in 2016. The cinema's history is an eventful one - from erotic films to youth theatre.

Ariston used to be a regular cinema and local favourite in the 60s. Growing TV competition and new cinema openings in Luxembourg City led Ariston to go down a different road and turn towards the screening of erotic films.

The cinema temporarily closed its doors in the 1980s. In the decade that followed, the City of Esch, the owner of the building, and various private firms started to cooperate to resurrect the cinema.

But a happy ending was not meant to be for Ariston - it closed down permanently in 2016.

A couple of weeks ago, Esch's municipal council announced that the city of Esch would purchase the former cinema Ariston. The building will be turned into a youth and children's theatre. 

Photos by Domingos Oliveira.

About this series

In this series, RTL takes you to hidden places, lesser known locations and buildings with an interesting story.

1) The first installment captured the last moment of the agricultural centre in Mersch.

2) We then visited Zenningen Zoo, which was closed in the early 80s. 

3) Our third trip took us to Hesperange's eery swimming pool which now looks like the setting for an apocalyptic film.

4) The fourth photo series targeted the veritable ghost town "Cité Syrdall."