Rotterdam used to have a lot of cinemas but most of them slowly disappeared from the streets. Some only to remain by 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 program besides the mainstream Pathé at Schouwburgplein or down south. But lucky us, new cinema Kino just opened which is at LV’s previous address.
Whereas LV has alternative arthouse movies (Spanish movies, Italian oldies, gay-minded films and retrospectives), Kino has a program consisting of art house, classics, blockbusters and shorts. Cinerama also shows commercial movies, e.g. from the hit Slumdog Millionaire to the latest Blade Runner 2049.
Cinerama with their unique box office replaced the huge marquee for a smaller one which is how it originally looked like. The place is also upgraded some time ago 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.