Rotterdam used to have a lot of cinemas, do check the Bioscooproute, but most of them slowly disappeared from the streets. Some only to remain in name, like Thalia. Youngsters visit it now and they probably don’t even know what the venue was before the space was 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 programme besides the mainstream Pathé.
Whereas LV has more alternative arthouse movies (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 Scorsese “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
Cinerama, with the unique box office, upgraded their venue 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/after the movie and are frequented by a mixed and interesting crowd. There’s usually also a DJ on Friday/Sat eve 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 and other events or are for rent.