Amsterdam cinemas

Going to the movies in Amsterdam

De Uitkijk Cinema AmsterdamDutch cinemas screen all movies in their original language version, with Dutch subtitles. As most of the movies are American or English, you will have a lot to chose from. Cinemas are conveniently located in the city center. Tickets except for the weekend evening, are easily available. You may not enter the screening after the movie started. For the movie schedules check the newspapers. The movies for kids are usually released both ways - subtitled in an original version and dubbed. Additionally, sometimes Dutch movies are released with English subtitles.

Every cinema in Amsterdam screens films in their original language with Dutch or English subtitles. There are some 55 movie theatres to choose from, many of which are located around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. Cinemas here can get very busy on the weekends so it’s advisable to book early. Most reservations can be made by phone or online, if not, just pop into the movie theatre prior the showing. Admission prices are around €8, depending on the showing, time and day.

Like any other city, Amsterdam caters for all tastes offering first run cinemas (screening regular films) and art-houses or filmhuizen. With the exception of Uitkijk, every cinema sells popcorn and an array of hot and cold beverages. If you fancy watching an art-house film or cult classic, head for Het Ketelhuis (Westergasfabriek, Harlemmerweg), the Rialto (Ceintuurbaan) the stunning Film Museum (Vondelpark) or The Movies on Haarlemmerdijk, which has its own restaurant. For the ultimate cinematic experience, a must is Tuschinski, a grand Art Deco cinema.

Amsterdam cinemas are:

Pathé Tuschinski

An old cinema palace conveniently located between the Munt tower and the Rembrandtplein. Built by the immigrant from Poland Abraham Tuschinski, the cinema opened in 1921 and it remains till today with its Art Deco interior one of the most cherished buildings in Amsterdam. Tuschinski has been recently rebuild, a modern annex has been added, the cinema has been modernized, but the character of its old part has been preserved.
Pathé Tuschinski; Reguliersbreestraat 26-34, 1017 CN Amsterdam
For reservations call: 0900-1458
www.tuschinski.nl

Cinecenter

Café, bar serving some basic meals and an art house directly behind the big theater on the Leidseplein. Good coffee you and some basic meals which you may take into the screening hall, the whole plate with a fork and knife and you may watch the film keeping it on your lap and eating. Cinecenter is known among the cinema lovers. The bar opens about an hour before the first show.
Cinecenter; Lijnbaansgracht 236, 1017 PH Amsterdam
For reservations call: 623 66 15
www.cinecenter.nl

Cinema De Balie

De Balie is a vibrant with activity cultural center just at the Leidseplein, in front of the Pathé City cinema. You can get good coffee and cold beer in its café, you may follow interesting conferences about the actual cultural and political issues, as well as see artsy theater performances and selected films.
De Balie; Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam
For reservations call: 553 35 100
www.debalie.nl

Filmmuseum Cinerama

An old multiplex which is going to be rebuild serves temporarily as the outlet of the Filmmuseum, showing art films on selected days of the week. Check the agenda for the schedule because often these are one time screenings.
Filmmuseum Cinerama, Marnixstraat 400, 1017 PL Amsterdam
For reservations call: 0900 93 63
www.filmmuseum.nl

Filmmuseum Vondelpark

Film Museum is located in a big villa in Vondelpark. Apart from the real museum it functions as an art house showing old classic movies.
Usually runs the whole programs of composed of films of a chosen director, a known movie star or a certain artistic tendency.
Filmmuseum Vondelpark, Vondelpark 3, 1071 AA Amsterdam
For reservations call: 0900 93 63
www.filmmuseum.nl

Filmcafé Ketelhuis 4

Art house located in the area of the Amsterdam municipal gas installations, now obsolete and turned into a cultural park. Artistic, selective and sometimes erratic programming. Ketelhuis 4 (in English: Boilerhouse 4) screens often Dutch movies and documentaries. Also a café.
Ketelhuis 4, Westergasfabriek, Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 1014 BE Amsterdam
For reservations call: 684 00 90
www.ketelhuis.nl

Kriterion

This is a student cinema, run by young people as well . It is located a bit off center, but often shows art films you are not going to see elsewhere. Check carefully the screening times. There might be only one screening of the film you want to see.
Kriterion; Roetersstraat 170, 1018 WE Amsterdam
For reservations call: 6231708
www.kriterion.nl

The Movies

The Movies is located at the end of Harlemmerdijk, about 20 minutes walk from the Dam Square, going Nieuwendijk in the opposite direction to the Kalverstraat. If you continue walking this street The Movies will be on your left hand (although the name of the street will change). It is now the oldest cinemas in Amsterdam (est. 1912). It tries to combine quality programming with its commercial interests. It has also a restaurant and a café. The Movies, Haarlemmerdijk 159-165, 1013 KH Amsterdam
For reservations call: 6386016
www.themovies.nl

Pathé Arena

Big and modern multiplex out of the city, inside the commercial center near the Ajax Arena. It also has an I-max cinema. You may park the car in one of the parking spaces or go there by metro. Pathé Arena screens all the commercial hits. If you have never been to the I-max cinema, try it. because of the huge screen and the sheer quality of the projection it is really impressive.
Pathé Arena, ArenA Boulevard 600, 1101 DS Amsterdam
For reservations call: 0900-1458. Access for disabled
www.pathe.nl/arena

Pathé de Munt

One of the newest multiplexes in Amsterdam. Modern architecture and very good quality of the projection, especially in two biggest halls – Munt 3 and Munt 11. Conveniently located in the center of Amsterdam, at the Munt tower and the Flower Market.
Pathé de Munt; Vijzelstraat 15, 1017HD Amsterdam
For reservations call: 0900-1458. Access for disabled
www.pathe.nl/demunt

Rialto Filmtheater

This is an old cinema now run by a group of young people as an art house. Interesting programming - Rialto often schedules reruns of artistic movies we all missed at the time of their release.
Rialto Filmtheater, Ceintuurbaan 338, 1072 GN Amsterdam
for reservations call: 0900-1458
Access for disabled
www.rialtofilm.nl

De Uitkijk

De Uitkijk means in Dutch as much as "look-out". It is a very small movie theater conveniently located on the Prinsengracht, just meters from Leidsestraat, in a proximity of Leidseplein. De Uitkijk is traditionally an art cinema programming small indie films. It also often reruns the older good movies.
Prinsengracht 452, 1017 KE Amsterdam
For reservations call: 6237460
www.uitkijk.nl

To find out weekly listings, get a copy of the Film Agenda brochure (in English) which you can pick up at the cinemas, hotels and cafes. Or try the bimonthly magazine Preview; the monthly newsletter Filmkrant or local newspapers Trouw, De Volkskrant and Het Parool. For online listings, check out filmladder.nl (in Dutch).

Amsterdam is also famous for its film festivals. A few of those worth visiting are the Amnesty International Film Festival (20-23 March), the International Documentary Film Festival (18-28 November) and the Amsterdam Pink Film Festival (10-19 December).