When the Europe winter weather is getting you down, you’ve visited all the museums and money is tight, a visit to an Art House Cinema can be a great option! Screening old classics in small, rustic rooms, an Art House Cinema charges little money for a great cinematic experience.
In this list you’ll find some of Europe’s nicest and coziest Art House Cinemas as spotted by our Locals! In random order, we present a list of great Art House cinemas in European cities!
1. The Movies – Amsterdam
The Movies is the oldest movie theatre in Amsterdam that’s still at work. “Dating back to 1912, this cinema has kept its original Art Deco style which makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time!”
2. Cinema Zuid – Antwerp
“At Cinema Zuid you can always attend a screening in a relaxing setting, quench your thirst for qualitative moving images and watch a few films that we have collectively forgotten.”
3. Danaos cinema – Athens
Danaos is one of the cinemas you can count on because you know that it will be playing the good ones. Not the overly underground art house ones, not the unashamed blockbusters either; the good ones, be they Hollywood, animated films, European, even Greek cinema, which is flourishing in recent years.
4. Illegal cinema – Belgrade
Illegal cinema is the place to see hard-to-find documentaries, activist, queer, anarchist, forbidden and underground films. The entrance is free but the space is limited to only 30 seats. Screenings take place every Sunday at 18:00 in a small cultural centre Magacin.
5. The Moviemento – Berlin
Moviemento is a favorite place for local independent filmmakers to show their films. It’s also for those who are tired of mainstream arts. There are International movies being shown mostly in their original languages with subtitles.
6. Lumiѐre – Bratislava
“Lumiѐre Cinema is the best art cinema in Bratislava. Its programme is far away from main stream, the movies played here are not played in multiplex cinemas, so they give you an insight into top artistic, non commercial cinematography.”
7. Cinematek – Brussels
Cinematek offers a great variety of classics, rare cult movies, experimental cinema, directors/actors or genres from very old to more recent highlights of movie history collected by the Royal Movie Archive. Better to buy your tickets upfront, on the busy nights they are sold out quickly.
8. Studio – Bucharest
If you are tired of mainstream multiplex cinemas and prefer something more personal, come to Studio Cinema in Bucharest. The movies are not dubbed, only with subtitles. Besides, tickets are sold without number so you can sit wherever you want.
9. Hátsó Kapu – Budapest
Hátsó Kapu is a unique and unexpected place. A big room and an amphitheatre is all they need to be a cinema, a conference room, a venue for concerts or just a local pub. Doesn’t matter what, this art centre will catch you forever!
10. Cinenova – Cologne
Cinenova is a pearl among cinemas in Cologne. It is a programme cinema, an open air cinema, a restaurant and a beer-garden. All in one. The highlight of this cinema are the live broadcasts of different operas from famous opera houses around the world. This is a great place to enjoy your evening.
11. Grand Theatre – Copenhagen
Copenhagen local Spotter Stefan Hedegaard “I recommend you buy a cup of hot wine during Christmas season and a piece of cake, take it to the café in the back and wait for the movie to begin”. Grand Theater is a grand theater experience!
12. The Irish Film Institute – Dublin
The Irish Film Institute is a hidden treasure in a narrow Georgian building on Eustace Street. It is one of the first cultural centres which moved into the area and trigger its regeneration. Come here to enjoy newly realised independent films and classics.
13. Cameo Cinema – Edinburgh
Do you like to watch a great movie in a perfect location? Cameo Cinema is must visit cinema for you. It is one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland. According to our Spotter Stu Anderson “Film fans of all genres can expect to find something for them in The Cameo.”
14. Cinema Odeon – Florence
Cinema Odeon is situated in a beautiful historical building in the centre. The interior is especially charming. It is a one of few places where you can watch movies in their original language, only with Italian subtitles.
15. Ciné 17 – Geneva
Ciné 17 is a cinema heaven on the Earth. Just imagine comfortable, leather reclining armchairs, plenty of extra legroom, a little table to enjoy your drinks and a great movie selection from current blockbusters to some more sophisticated films.
16. Studioskoop – Ghent
If you like to catch a movie and prefer avoiding the commercial atmosphere of the big chains this is your cinema. They’re very intimate and make your movie-experience unique. Studioskoop offers not only independent movies but also the best commercial ones.
17. Glasgow Film Theatre – Glasgow
Did you know Quentin Tarantino is a big fan of The GFT? Nothing else to say about this classic old gem. Just go there and enjoy its eclectic programme yourself!
18. Abaton – Hamburg
This art house cinema was opened by two film fanatics looking for an authentic cinema scene. Abaton has the privilege of being the first art house cinema in Germany. What an institution!
19. Rexx – Istanbul
Rexx is one of the few independent cinemas in Istanbul. Movies are screened in their original language with Turkish subtitles, apart from movies for kids. Rexx is also a place to watch movies during Filmekimi and Istanbul Film Festival.
20. Zhovten cinema – Kiev
Zhovten Cinema offers a great selection of festival movies, arthouse and short films. Our Spotter Alex’s favorite is a short films night – when they show short movies all night long. The cinema also hosts an international movie festival called Molodist which is popular among arty people.
21. Kino Kika – Krakow
Kino Kika has a peaceful atmosphere and is located away from local tourist attractions. According to our Spotter Zuzanna, it is a nice and cosy place to rest, have a coffee or relax and watch a nice film.
22. Cinemateca – Lisbon
Cinemateca takes place in a 19th century well preserved building in Art Nouveau style with an impressive Neo-Mudejár atrium. Inside this fascinating cinema you will find a coffee shop, a museum and a very charming open-air terrace.
23. Kinoteka – Ljubljana
Kinoteka is one of two art cinemas in Ljubljana with the nice cinema interior from 30s. You can watch movies of different genders from all over the world but never too commercial.
24. Rich Mix – London
Rich Mix is highly recommended if you love spending the entire day in an art center. Rich Mix is more than a local cinema, it’s a gig venue and a café and art gallery, do you need more?
25. Artistic Metropol – Madrid
Fans of bizarro cinema shouldn’t miss their horror, cult and B-series movies selection. Don’t forget to visit Artistic Metropol‘s store where you can find DVDs, books, limited editions, packs, out-of-stock editions, plus cult/collectors stuff like original posters or toys.
26. Cinema Mexico Rocky Horror House – Milan
If you are interested in original version movies with an inexpensive price Cinema Mexico Rocky Horror House is your cinema!
27. Pioner Cinema – Moscow
Forget about popcorn and enjoy watching the movie in original language only with Russian subtitles. If you are a fan of film festivals, check the Pioner Cinema’s Facebook page, lots of film festivals (Moscow Film Festival, 2-in-1, 2morrow) take place here throughout the year.
28. Werkstattkino – Munich
Werkstattkino is one of the unusual cinemas in Munich. The place is very small but it has a special charm. There is no place for blockbusters. As our Spotter Kleopatra says “Cult films are the stars” here.
29. Kino Victoria – Oslo
The foyer of Kino Victoria in classy Nordic style is gorgeous. The film selection ranges from the big budget Hollywood blockbusters to local films, indie docos, and foreign movies. The place is very cosy with great red chairs which have its own little table for your wine.
30. Le Lucernaire – Paris
Our Spotter Julia Fortuin likes Le Lucarnaire because “The whole vibe tells you this place has been open for quite a bit longer than last season and that’s what is charming about it.”
31. Passos Manuel – Porto
According to our Spotter Fernando, “the place breathes art as you enter“. Passos Manuel is more than a cinema. Besides the bar, you can also come here for concerts, festivals, conferences, exhibitions etc. Just check the agenda and find the event of your taste.
32. Bio Oko – Prague
Bio Oko is a single-screen cinema presenting old, first run movies as well as art projects. There is also a café/bar with a pleasant atmosphere. If you want to see a movie or just hang out with friends this is the place to for you.
33. Splendid Palace – Riga
Forget about crunching popcorn. Splendid Palace is magnificent, located in a rococo historical building. Check the program and come here to watch festival award winning movies, documentaries as well as movies from local producers.
34. Cinema Nuovo Olimpia – Rome
Cinema Nuovo Olimpia is one of the oldest cinemas in Rome with only two small screens where you can enjoy movies in the original language. The selection ranges from the latest films to classics.
35. Cinema Cinerama – Rotterdam
Film fans won’t want to miss out on a trip to Cinema Cinerama – Independent and some commercial screenings in one of the “two cinemas left standing with an alternative programme besides the mainstream Pathé”.
36. Angleterre Cinema Lounge – Saint Petersburg
Angleterre Cinema Lounge is located in a conference hall at the Angleterre – a four-star hotel which has history stretching back to the 19th century. It is the perfect place for those people who are tired of dubbed commercial blockbusters.
37. Cinemateque – Skopje
Skopje has an amazing art house cinema that feels like a museum of film. Cinemateque focuses mostly on independent features and documentaries. Almost every month they pay tribute to a specific country’s cinematography by offering a marathon week program with movies from that country.
38. Euro cinema – Sofia
Euro cinema is one of those places where you can enjoy the movie from prestigious film festivals. The rooms are very small and intimate, probably for up to 30 people, which makes the experience even more fascinating.
39. Tellus – Stockholm
“Tellus is run by a non-profit organisation by locals, which means that a number of enthusiasts do everything from baking cakes for the café, to selling tickets and fixing the film projector.” Apart from movies, Tellus hosts live concerts, art exhibitions and poetry readings.
40. Artis – Tallin
At Artis, they show movies from Europe mostly, but also from other parts of the world, like Japan or, of course, America, but never anything too commercial. Just buy a ticket for the first movie and enjoy!
41. Cinematheque – Tel Aviv
Are you a fan of documentaries, retrospectives, independent and festival movies? Then Cinematheque is a must visit spot during your visit to Tel Aviv. Cinematheque also holds a variety of film festivals.
42. Cine Makedonikon – Thessaloniki
Cine Makedonikon is perfect for relaxing movie nights. “The program features mostly European films of a variety of genres. Many of them are sort of low-budget or artistic, thought-provoking or controversial; generally the selection contains films that offer more than pure entertainment.”
43. Nuovo Cinema Romano – Turin
Our Spotter Dario Dalla Zuana recommends Nuovo Cinema Romano because “in an era overtaken by gigantic multiplexes, this in relation smaller movie theater delights the enthusiasts for the seventh art with a sophisticated film schedule, bringing to the public the award winning masterpieces of the major niche festivals.”
44. Burg kino – Vienna
At first sight you will notice its retro style exterior. Burg Kino is an independent cinema, playing movies (many are not art house though) in their original language. This cinema still has a two leveled audience, so you can enjoy a movie from the balcony like they used to!
45. Skalvia – Vilnius
What makes Skalvija a must see in the cinema scene are all the special events organized during the year: festivals, retrospective meetings with filmmakers and much more with an emphasis on local films and documentaries.
46. Kino Kultura – Warsaw
“Through joining screenings of older, well-positioned films and totally new ones they offer one of the fullest film programmes in today’s Warsaw. Also the restaurant in Kino Kultura lets you spend the whole evening in a cinema – what could be better?”
47. Tuškanac cinema – Zagreb
Looking for independent, low budget or just non mainstream films in Zagreb? Tuškanac cinema is the answer. This place has become kind of an institution which is still going strong nowadays.
48. Xenix – Zurich
“If you’re a film lover or cineast and thinking about watching a motion picture in Zurich, you should do that at Xenix. This is one of the most reputable indie-cinemas in Switzerland (and probably Europe).”
We’ve reached the end of this list of great and locals’ favorite Art House Cinemas in Europe. Have you ever been to one of these? Or do you have another recommendation? Leave us a comment!