A great place to see a movie, have before or after drinks. Great staff too.
Rotterdam used to have a lot of cinemas but most of them slowly disappeared from the streets. Some only to remain in name, like Thalia and Calypso. Youngsters visit it now and they probably don’t even know what the venue was before the space was turned into a club or a new apartment building.
The surviving theatres Lantaren Venster (LV) and Cinerama are the two left standing with an alternative programme besides the mainstream Pathé at Schouwburgplein or down south. But lucky us, new cinema Kino just opened which is at LV’s previous address in the west.
Whereas LV has alternative arthouse movies (Spanish movies, Italian oldies, gay-minded films and retrospectives), Kino has a program combined of art house, classics, blockbusters and shorts. Cinerama also shows movies with a commercial edge, e.g. from the hit Slumdog Millionaire to the latest Alien: Covenant.
Cinerama, with their unique box office, upgraded the place so it can hold more movie loving visitors. Some halls have bigger chairs and offer more legroom.
All three have nice cafés to hang around before/after the movie and are frequented by a mixed and interesting crowd. There’s usually also a DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings so you can hang out a bit longer after the movie.
These locations are also part of the annual International Filmfestival Rotterdam at the end of January.
PS: It’s cheaper in the mornings and on Friday afternoons.