The film club Kino Iglu began operating in 1993. A movie theater was built by volunteers to the former workshop owned by Karkkilan Koskikiinteistö. Aki Kaurismäki donated a 35mm film projector to Kino Iglu.The bricks of the back wall and projector room of the original Kino Iglu were donated by foundry manager Heikki Lehtola and the mortar by architect Tiina Valpola. The spectator area was built from recycled material on other parts as well. The silver screen was found from Läyliäisten Vahinkopalvelu and paid with money Aki Kaurismäki was paid from the film Talking with Ozu. In fact, the installation of Kino Iglu's first silver screen is immortalized in the early part of this Japanese film.
From the very beginning the policy of Kino Iglu was to show quality films which, in addition to the cinematic values, also offered an alternative for more entertainment-oriented movie theaters' shows. The 98.annual display of Suomen Taiteilijat ("The Artists of Finland") was held in Karkkila between 12.6.-1.8.1993, and Kino Iglu participated in the event by showing dozens of movies.The first one shown was Luis Bunuel's Illusion Travels by Streetcar on 12.6. at 3:00 p.m.
An early speciality was the festival of Soviet film held between the Christmas and New Year of 1993, in which the audience was shown the films Battleship Potemkin,The Red Snowball Tree and The Cranes Are Flying. The temperature, ten degrees below zero Celsius in the theater didn't deter the enthusiastic spectators from arriving in vast numbers. In the early days the tickets cost 10 Finnish marks.
According to inherited knowledge, the name of the film club was invented purely for marketing purposes. Kino Iglu held shows during the heat of the summer, and the name was thought to attract people to the already cool workshop building.
The logo of Kino Iglu was designed by Jarmo Vesteri.
In addition to Aki Kaurismäki, the pioneers of Kino Iglu included, among others, Veikko Nieminen, Jarmo Vesteri and Jukka Salmi. In the early days the projector was operated by father and son Nummila, who had earlier operated a movie theater in Karkkila (in Pohjanpirtti and the People's House of Karkkila). Later Arto Malmberg took up the projector work.
Film club operations continued in the workshop until 2007, when Kino Iglu's operation waned for some time. However, the market for films still remained in Karkkila.
In 2010 Sputnik Oy donated a 35mm to the town of Karkkila and with the contributions of museum director Tommi Kuutsa and education department director Jukka Pietinen, the Karkkilasali became Kino Iglu's new theater. There were 306 seats for spectators, and the sound system already existed. Support for obtaining a silver screen and upgrading the projector was received from Finnish Film Foundation. From 2010 to 2013 the projector operator was Mika Lätti.
Kino Iglu had moved from the workshop to the centre of Karkkila.
In the years 2010-2012 Kino Iglu took part in Sulatto festivals by showing films in Karkkilasali. The performances of Mikko Perkola and Yrjänä Sauros were unforgettable. The duo composed and performed the music for three of Charlie Chaplin's short movies (2010) and for F.W. Murnau's Sunrise (2012). Sunrise was also shown at the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä later that year.
In 2013 things started to happen in Kino Iglu. The film club began co-operating with the youth department of the town of Karkkila,and the young people of Ruukinpaja began taking part in Kino Iglu's operation. It was at Ruukinpaja where the material of the club, from film posters to advertisements, was produced. Additionally the youth began working as the staff in Kino Iglu's shows. The co-operation continues to this day, and by 2016 about a hundred of youth have taken part in Kino Iglu's operation.
In November 2013 Kino Iglu began showing films regularly again. The films were shown with a 35mm projector in Karkkilasali, on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
The first film shown as a part of Kino Iglu's new rise was Jacques Becker's Casque d'Or, presented by the Finnish film guru Peter von Bagh. "People are actually coming" von Bagh happily remarked as spectators began flowing into Karkkilasali fifteen minutes before the show. Von Bagh, the legendary cinephile of Finland, presented the film and discussed with the audience after the film as well. 180 spectators arrived to the show, and it gave a good kickstart to Kino Iglu's operation. Since 2013 the spectator average in the shows has been ninety, and the interaction between the film experts and the audience has been warm. After all, it became a tradition to have an expert introduce each film in Kino Iglu, and there have been plenty of them: in addition to Peter von Bagh, the visiting presenters have included,among others, Kari Paljakka, Kati Outinen, Paleface, Timo Linnasalo, Sakari Toiviainen, Kari Väänänen, Lauri Timonen, Wallu Valpio, Antti Alanen and local film directors Aleksi Salmenperä and Heikki Kujanpää, who are participating in Kino Iglu's operation in other ways as well. Kino Iglu's season always ends with a film from Aki Kaurismäki, of which, among others, Ariel, La Vie de Boheme and Take Care of Your Scarf,Tatjana have been shown.
After 2013 Kino Iglu has shown about thirty films, such as Roberto Rossellini's Rome,Open City, Heikki Kujanpää's Putoavia Enkeleitä ("Falling Angels" ), Aleksi Salmenperä's Häiriötekijä ("Distractions"), Luis Bunuel's Nazarin and Kari Paljakka's Veturimiehet Heiluttaa ("Goodbye, Trainmen"). School students have been shown, for example, Chaplin's short films.
A photograph display by Malla Hukkanen called Kaihon kultamaa ("The golden land of longing") was held at Galleria Bremer from 31 October 2014 to 4 January 2015
Since 2014 the projector operator of Kino Iglu has been Tomi "the captain" Kiukkonen. He was joined by Daniel Laitinen in the fall of 2016. Otto Rissanen has been responsible for the photography and the announcements of the club. Mika Koskinen has also worked in Kino Iglu already for years, both as a representative of Ruukinpaja and by bringing in the youth workshop of Werstas to Kino Iglu's operation. The audio engineer has been Henri Arvila.
Kino Iglu's goal has been, and still is, to show films with a 35mm projector, but a new format has also been used. This has been made possible by co-operation with Kinotour, which also shows films independently in Karkkilasali.
Kino Iglu has also engaged in other operations. Young people have been supported in, for example, making videos and animations. The club's logo animation was designed by Mika Rantala, and the band video of the local Suomi-ilmiö ("The Finland syndrome"), called Oodi turhautuneille ("Ode to the frustrated") was made with the support of the club.
Kino Iglu has also taken local youth to the Midnight Sun Film Festival for voluntary work. This is thanks to the organization of the festival and the youth services of the town of Karkkila.
In 20 August 2015 Kino Iglu became a registered association with the official name Elokuvakerho Kino Iglu ry. Mika Lätti was selected as the chairman, Katja Uksila as vice-chairman and Tomi Kiukkonen as the secretary.The main goal of the association continues to be showing good films and promoting the film culture in Uusimaa.
In the fall of 2016 big things happened. Kino Iglu began co-operating with Lukeva ry, and a movie tour was immediately arranged at the activity centers for intellectually disabled in Karkkila (25.10.) and Vihti (24.11.). Tours were made possible by the cultural departments of the towns of Vantaa and Espoo, which have borrowed two handheld 35mm projectors to Kino Iglu.
Film wonders were also made on 8 October 2016, when people filled Karkkilasali to the last seat, setting a new spectator record of 330 people for Kino Iglu. That Saturday Juho Kuosmanen's films The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki and the silent Romu-Mattila ja Kaunis Nainen ("Scrap-Mattila and a Beautiful Woman") were shown. From the makers of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti, J.P. Passi, Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff and Miika Snåre were present, alongside others. The orchestra Ykspihlaja's Kino-Orkesteri and foley artist Heikki Kossi accompanied the silent film. The atmosphere was great, and the presence of the boxer Olli Mäki and his wife Raija in Kino Iglu was frosting on the cake.