Rotterdam used to have a lot of cinemas, do check the Bioscooproute, but most of them slowly disappeared from the surface. Some only to remain with names like Corso or Thalia. Youngsters visit them now and they probably don’t even know what the venues were before the spaces were turned into a club.
The surviving theatres Lantaren Venster (LV) (check out the Lantaren Venster article) and Cinerama are the two left standing with an alternative program besides the mainstream Pathé.
Whereas LV has a more alternative program (Spanish movies, Italian oldies, gay minded films and retrospectives), Cinerama also shows movies with a commercial edge, e.g. the movie hit Slumdog Millionaire or the latest Bond film.
Cinerama at the WestBlaak upgraded their venue recently so it can hold more movie loving visitors. Some halls have bigger chairs and offer more legroom.
Both have nice cafés to hang around before and after the movie, and are frequented by a mixed and interesting crowd.
These locations are also part of the annual International Filmfestival Rotterdam at the end of January and other events or are for rent.
There are plans in the making for adding a concert-venue inside Cinerama called Popkantoor. I’m not too sure about this idea but we will see…