In trendy neighbourhood De Pijp, there is a cinema named Rialto. Before you enter the building, have a look at the architecture from across the street – it is one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam. Rialto prides itself in having the broadest selection of world cinema and art house movies on their agenda. What I like about this film theatre is the easy-going atmosphere and the homely feeling they’ve managed to create in their bar. Every Thursday and Friday before the movie, Mireille the chef cooks up a brilliant soup and a very reasonably priced meal. Nothing is better than seeing a movie after a great meal, am I right?
The personal approach of Rialto is truly unique and that’s why I keep coming back here even though it is not exactly in my neighbourhood. Because this theatre has such an extensive offer of world cinema films, they are actually one of the few places which will occasionally screen films with English subtitles — perfect for expats and tourists. And that is exactly the kind of engaging character I like to find.
In Holland all films are shown in their original language (which can be any language, from Turkish to Italian to Russian and anything in between) with Dutch subtitles. If you don’t read Dutch or understand the language in the film, check out the screenings with English subtitles!