I’ve always loved how Kraków can boast a really large number of arthouse cinemas. When I lived away, these places used to be one of the main reasons for me to visit the city. There are new independent cinemas popping out every now and then. These are great; they keep the tradition alive and discovering them is a pleasure. However, I always come back to Kraków’s cult cinemas that always are just as impressive as they were for the first time – and Kino ARS is one of them.
Located just steps from the Main Square, ARS has a long story to tell. Founded in 1916, it was first known as Kino Sztuka, which stands for Cinema Art. The meaning of the name remained the same ever since – not without reason, as this place is a piece of art indeed. The place has five screening rooms, each of them with a distinctive vibe. My favourite one is the intimate (32 persons only) Gabinet, adapted from an actual office (most of the decoration and furniture still left).Oh, and I can’t forget about Reduta – an art deco screening room with lamps so distinctive every local will recognise them.
Kino ARS often shows indie movies and I always trust their choices. Whatever you choose to see, I’m sure you’ll fall in love like I did. For the summer period they have a special offer: every week they show a selection of different films from previous seasons. The ticket is 7 PLN only! See the programme here.