go to the movies at these movie theatres in amsterdam
We can Netflix, download, and watch television all we want. But: a night in the cinema is always a more special way to spend your evening. What’s better than to sit back in one of these comfortable cinema chairs to see a new movie? Luckily for the movie lovers, Amsterdam is full of awesome cinemas and movie theatres. From the more commercial spots like Pathé, to smaller movie theatres. What are our favourite spots to watch a movie in Amsterdam? Check our list with the best movie theatres in Amsterdam.
Tip: In our monthly cinema guide you’ll find an overview with all the movies you won’t want to miss that month. And btw: don’t forget to also book a table at one of these new restaurants. For us a movie night is complete with some nice food.
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12 X movie theatres IN AMSTERDAM for the PERFECTE MOVIE DATE
FC Hyena: this cool movie theatre is also a restaurant and therefore perfect for a date night! You find this hotspot in Amsterdam North.
Studio/K: Studio/K is ran completely by students which makes this movie theatre in Amsterdam East extra special. Next to a cinema, this place is also a bar, restaurant, and club. Super nice, if you’re ready to dance after the movie. Oh, and a bonus tip from us: the apple pie is delicious here!
Kriterion: Kriterion is more than just a movie theatre. It’s become quite a popular place in the Roetersstraat, very close to the University of Amsterdam. When the last classes are done students come here to drink a beer – or two. After that you can always decide if you want to go to a movie or not. The chairs are comfortable and the screen is big. What more could you wish for?
The Movies: Grab a bite first, and then a movie, that’s so much fun right? The cute movie theatre The Movies in the Haarlemmerbuurt is great for that combination. From Thursday to Sunday you can order a movie menu at The Movies. After the movie you drink a glass of wine, we like!
Eye: Eye is, apart from a movie theatre, also the film museum of Amsterdam. Cross the IJ with the ferry to arrive in North, to see this architectural piece of art. You’ll have great views over the IJ and the food is delicious. In the summer you can sit outside on the terrace, but even when it’s colder this is a good place to hang out. The movie halls are big and comfortable, exactly the way we like them.
The Filmhallen: The Filmhallen in Amsterdam West is a good addition to the movie options in Amsterdam. It’s from the same owners as The Movies (has a spot in this list too!). Go to the Foodhallen or Remise 47 first for a big meal. After that, you can roll right into the Filmhallen. If you’re up for a blockbuster, then you’re at the right spot. But if you’re more in the mood for an arthouse movie, you’re also at the right address at De Filmhallen Amsterdam.
Ketelhuis: First go to Mossel & Gin, then to the Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein. This small movie theatre in Amsterdam plays quality movies that are carefully handpicked by the staff. They mostly specialise in Dutch cinema. If you’re up to stay for a some conversation after the movie, you should also order a piece of carrot cake; it is to die for.
Cavia: Filmhuis Cavia has emerged from a squatters’ movement, a cinema where you can see movies that are not shown at many Movie theatres in Amsterdam. Think of Dutch horror, short movies an literary festivals.
Tuschinski: Okay, okay, we admit it. Tuschinski is not a real movie theatre, but a Pathé-cinema. Regardless, this cinema feels like a real, beautiful movie theatre when you walk in. In this cinema, with art–deco style, in the city centre of Amsterdam you’ll see blockbusters, but also PAC-films (Pathé Alternative Cinema).If you can go to room 1, always do so. Then book the love seats for a real VIP treatment. Drinks and snacks are included in this, and you’ll definitely have the best seats in the house!
LAB 111: You can visit LAB 111 for the the best and rare gems of the movies. A lot of filmfestivals show their best work at LAB 111. You can see a lot of animated films, documentaries, and films that can’t really be placed into a specific genre. Tip: grab a drink and a bite at Strangelove, the restaurant next to LAB 111, to complete your evening.
Melkweg: At the Melkweg you can enjoy a nice concert ánd watch nice movies. I bet you didn’t know that! On the first floor, in the Melkweg Expo, you can watch regular music films and music documentaries. Good news for the real music fans!
De Uitkijk: Filmtheater De Uitkijk is one of those cinemas you want to go to at least once in your life. It’s a cinema in a historical building on the Prinsengracht. And one with a lot of character. Nice: De Uitkijk is also run by students.
Cinecenter: Cinecenter is a movie theatre in Amsterdam hidden between the Leidseplein and the Melkweg. You wouldn’t expect to find it between the touristic pizza places and bad clubs in the city centre, but this is a very cute movie theatre. Before you go to the movies, drink something at the bar, where you’ll be served by the (always) friendly staff. After that, you’ll walk to one of the cute movie rooms. In Cinecenter you’ll mostly see arthouse and foreign films. For a change, something other than The Hunger Games!
Have fun at these Movie theatres in Amsterdam!
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>
Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
COMFORTABLE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Anne de Buck