My favourite cinema, Cinema Verdi in Gràcia, has two separate entrances (C/Verdi, 32 & C/Torrijos, 49), in effect it’s two cinemas (Verdi and Verdi Park), one with five screens and the other with four.Even though it has nine screens it doesn’t feel like a multiplex, it still has the feel of an independent cinema.
I used to programme a single-screen cinema in the UK so I appreciate the effort involved in running a nine-screen cinema.The picture and sound quality here is always very good and the seats comfortable.
The cinema is a member of the Europa network so there’s always a good choice of quality films in the original language with subtitles, and free notes with every film. Every now and then they’ll screen a new film free of charge. And, by way of celebrating their 25th birthday recently, the cinema gave customers a free DVD.
And, when you come out after seeing a film, you’re surrounded by dozens of really good nearby bars, cafés and restaurants where you can go with friends and swap opinions.
Seven months after first publishing the above Time Out Barcelona magazine voted Verdi as the BEST CINEMA IN THE CITY.
The recent hike in IVA (VAT) from 8% to 21% has obliged the cinema to increase its standard ticket price from € 7 to € 9.
For just € 30 a year you can become a Friend of the cinema and enjoy generous discounts and free special events – such as talks with well known film directors.