Top 5 Amsterdam Cinema

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Top 5 Amsterdam Cinema

Some say that going to the cinema makes for the ultimate movie experience. That might be a thing that people disagree on, but one thing that is certain is that Amsterdam has some of the world’s most interesting cinema’s. Ranging from state of the art cinema’s such as the EYE Film Institute to authentic Post-War theatres such as The Movies. When looking for a night out in town the cinema is one of those places that is worth paying a visit during your short stay in Amsterdam. We at Htel serviced Apartments would love to tell you our top 5 of Amsterdam’s most interesting movie theatres, during your short stay in Amsterdam.

One thing you should know is that the Dutch people love going to the cinemas. Over 30 million people visited the Dutch Cinemas in 2011, which is not bad for a country with a population just over 16 million. In 2011 it was the Dutch movie Gooische Vrouwen that got the most visits, for the first time since 1986. Gooische Vrouwen attracted over 1,9 million visitors in 2011, the movie was followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (1,4 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (1,1 million). Now these numbers don’t come close to the visitor rates in the United States of America, but are epic for Dutch standards.

The diversity that the Amsterdam cinema’s offer is big, below you’ll find a few cinema’s definitely worth paying a visit:

1. The Movies Art House Cinemas (The Movies)

The Movies is the oldest, still running movie theatre in Amsterdam. Before World War II it functioned as a neighborhood cinema. It has 4 movie rooms seating 400 viewers in total. As mentioned in the name this cinema mainly plays Art House movies. These movies are aimed at the niche rather than the masses. Occasionally they also play the big Hollywood blockbusters.

The Movies Art House Cinemas

Haarlemmerdijk 161-163

1013KH Amsterdam

2. Rialto

Rialto was a former youth theatre and opened its doors in 1921. The cinema has undergone a few vital renovations and counts 3 movie rooms today. The movies that Rialto offers are mostly European and non-Western artistic filmproductions. Furthermore Rialto also host the occasional film festival.

Filmtheater Rialto

Ceintuurbaan 338

1072 GN Amsterdam

3. Pathé Tuschinski

Pathé is a chain of movie theatres and has theaters all over the Netherlands.

They have 4 theatres in Amsterdam which are good for 10% of the Dutch movie profit. Pathé attracts the masses and plays the more passable movies, the so called blockbusters. Tuschinski is owned by Pathé but has an illustrious history. Built in 1921, architect Hijman Louis de Jong decided to build it in different styles, including: Amsterdamse School, Jugendstil and Art Deco. It is a true ‘stand-out’ building exterior wise as well as interior wise. In those days Tuschinski was the state of the art building introducing electro technical features and a revolutionary cooling –and heating system. This day in age the theatre is used for many premieres and quite often you’ll find a red carpet rolled out and dozens of photographers flashing their cameras.

Pathé Tuschinski

Reguliersbreestraat 26-34

1017CN Amsterdam

4. Kriterion

Kriterion is a special movie theatre because it is entirely run by students. It was the student resistance that started the theatre in World War II. The goal was to give students a chance to pay for their own education and not having to depend on their parents or the government. The theatre and the resistance have an eventful history. Saving over 2000 Jewish children during WWII. Today the theatre hosts many festivals and mainly plays Italian, French and Dutch movies.


Roetersstraat 170

1018WE Amsterdam


5. Eye Film Institute

EYE is the Amsterdam film museum and opened its new doors in April 2012. The EYE institute is a phenomenal piece of architectural work, made possible by the Austrian architect agency Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, who were also responsible for the design of the Porsche Museum. The EYE Institute is situated on the bank of the river IJ, a 2 minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station. It has 4 movie rooms and a permanent interactive display. The museum prides herself for the exposition area, their collection and educational program.

EYE Film Institute

IJpromenade 1,

1031 KT Amsterdam

Now these are not the only movie theatres around, you might also be interested in: Bioscoop Het Ketelhuis, Filmtheater de Uitkijk or the Cinecenter. At Htel Serviced Apartments we are curious to find out if you know any other hidden movie theatres in Amsterdam. If so do let the rest of the readers and us know.

All of these theatres are easily accessible by public transport. If you have any questions about how to get there, our Htel Resident Service Desk will be happy to help you with that. Have a great time at the movies.

We hope that you will have a chance to visit the cinema’s – and will enjoy it just as much as we do!

With kind regards,

Judith Huizing.