La fraternelle - Maison du Peuple


Langue parlée : Anglais Wifi

A century of workers' and cooperative history accessible to all!

La Fraternelle" originated from a workers' circle created in Saint-Claude at the end of the 1870s, then transformed into a food cooperative in 1881. It was radically different from other cooperatives in that it provided for the full transfer of profits to a social fund, which allowed for the setting up of provident, emergency, retirement and mutual aid services. A whole philosophy, a social, political and trade union culture was then put in place. And what could be better than to bring the various activities together under one roof? Following the example of the "Vooruit" in Belgium, the Sanclaude cooperators bought a building in the heart of the city and built the Maison du Peuple, which was inaugurated in 1910.

Heir to a realised utopia, the association La fraternelle has been reviving this 4000 m2 building for over 30 years. Today, it is a cultural and artistic space, a place of memory, diffusion and contemporary creation, located in the heart of the town and the Haut-Jura: café, cinema, theatre/dance, music, silk-screen printing workshop, art library, archives, shop...

Guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.30 pm during school holidays (all zones).
For groups (from 6 people) on request all year round (minimum 20 days before the date of the desired visit).
Duration of the guided tour: 1h30 + film

Cinema: Three cinemas classified as Art et Essai and 3D equipment. A wide and diversified programme, highlights, meetings with the directors, introductory editing workshops with the MashUp table, etc.
The Maison du Peuple cinema is open all year round from Monday to Sunday (possibly closed from the end of August to mid-September).

Café: A friendly and welcoming place, with artistic programming and entertainment (inner courtyard, billiards and darts).
The café team welcomes you from Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30 pm (possibly closed in August).

Shop/art library: Many homemade products and others related to the activity of La fraternelle. The possibility with the art library to hang one or more works on your walls!
Pauline welcomes you from Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6.30pm
+ Saturdays in December from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:00


Moyen de paiement : Credit card, Cheques and postal orders, Cash

Practical information



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