Amsterdam has a number of cinemas (bioscoopen) ranging from art-house to large multiplexes. The good news for visitors is that most films are shown in their original language with Dutch subtitles – only children’s movies tend to be dubbed. Note that some cinemas will have a break half-way through the film.
Cinema ticket prices are around €10-13. Supplements are charged for reservations, long films and 3D films. Weekends can be very busy so for popular movies it is advisable to reserve in advance either by phone, online or at the box office. Most cinemas/chains also offer an unlimited monthly pass.
“Sneak previews” (pre-premiere films) are shown midweek by some venues for a slight discount.
Cinema locations in Amsterdam
Pathé Tuschinski Cinema – Stunning cinema originally built in 1921 in art-deco/art nouveau style. Interior and exterior renovated to original state. The 6-screen Tuschinski is run by Pathé and has hosted many Dutch film premieres. Located in the centre at Reguliersbreestraat 26-34 (between Muntplein and Rembrandtplein). Visitors should try to catch a film here.
Pathé City Theater – Just off Leidseplein is the 7-screen Pathé City cinema which first opened its doors in 1935. Shows mainly commercial ‘Hollywood’ fare. Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 15-19 (near the Leidseplein lizard sculptures).
Pathé De Munt – Large and modern 13-screen multiplex cinema in the heart of the centre showing all the latest releases. Located at Vijzelstraat 15 near Muntplein.
EYE Film – Spectacular film museum location on the north bank of the IJ. Has 4 cinema screens showing classic/art-house/retrospective films. Also holds film exhibitions. Note, they don’t take cash, payment is by card only. Address is IJpromenade 1, take the free ferry to Buiksloterweg from the back of central station.
The Movies – First established in 1912, The Movies is a lovely old cinema located near the end of Haarlemmerdijk, west from central station. With 4 screens it shows a mix of commercial and art-house films. They have a restaurant-café and offer a dinner option for moviegoers. Haarlemmerdijk 161.
Rialto – The Rialto is an art-house cinema in De Pijp neighbourhood of Amsterdam run by a special foundation. With origins dating back to 1921, the cinema focuses on classic films and world cinema. You can also have a drink at the Rialto Filmcafé. Ceintuurbaan 338.
Cinecenter – 4-screen art-house cinema found in a quiet street just behind Leidseplein. Has a very nice café-bar on site. Lijnbaansgracht 236 (opposite Melkweg).
Cinema De Uitkijk – Small art-house cinema on Prinsengracht dating back to 1912. The single screen venue has a 1920s interior and shows classic and world films. They don’t sell popcorn here. Prinsengracht 452 (near Leidsestraat).
De Balie Cinema – Theatre and grand café located near Leidseplein. They have a small cinema showing art-house films. Also used as a venue for film festivals. Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10.
FilmHallen – Independent cinema located in De Hallen, a converted former tram shed located in west Amsterdam. In partnership with The Movies it shows a similar mix of commercial and art-house pictures. Check out the art deco screen 7. Hannie Dankbaarpassage 12.
Bioscoop het Ketelhuis – Art-house cinema located at the Westergasfabriek (former gas works) in the west of Amsterdam. The 3-screen venue shows a variety of films including world cinema, kids films and documentaries. Large café on site. Pazzanistraat 4.
Pathé Arena – Large 14-screen cinema multiplex located at Bijlmer ArenA. Shows mainly commercial, ‘Hollywood’ type films. Also has an Imax screen. ArenA Boulevard 600, opposite Bijlmer-ArenA station.
Cineville is an alliance of 43 art-house cinemas in 20 cities/towns around the Netherlands. It offers an unlimited monthly ticket (minimum subscription 4 months, Dutch bank account required) called the Cinevillepas for just €21 per month (€17.50 for under 30s). This can offer excellent value if you are a regular film-goer.
In Amsterdam the Cinevillepas is valid at De Balie, Cinecenter, EYE Film, FilmHallen, Het Ketelhuis, The Movies, Rialto and De Uitkijk plus at the following venues:
Cavia (Van Hallstraat 52-I), FC Hyena (Aambeeldstraat 24), Griffioen (Uilenstede 106), Kriterion (Roetersstraat 170), Melkweg Cinema (Lijnbaansgracht 234a), LAB111 (Arie Biemondstraat 111) and Studio/K (Timorplein 62).