Art film houses

by Tanja
Eye Film Museum Amsterdam

What to do a rainy day in Amsterdam? Are you tired of museums and coffee shops? A fun thing to do in Amsterdam is going to see a film at one of Amsterdam’s art house film cinemas. These film theatres are generally cheap and they are located at interesting venues. Art film houses in Amsterdam are called filmhuizen (film houses). The movies they screen vary from classics to modern day classics, documentaries, shorts, animations and world cinema.

In Holland, English films are always subtitled and never dubbed. But make sure the language of the subtitles is in English if the film is in any other language besides English.

14 Amsterdam art films houses


1. Cinecenter

Cinecenter is an unambitious art film house in the centre of Amsterdam. It is located at Leidseplein, across from the music venue the Melkweg. Cinecenter screes independent films and art house films.

Every 2nd Sunday and every 4th Thursday of the month at 9 pm there is a film with English subtitles.

Tickets are €10. Buying online give a €1 discount.

2. Rialto

The Amsterdam film theatre Rialto near Sarphatipark at Ceintuurbaan has been screening films since 1921. Rialto has a preference for European and independent art house films. Occasionally, special guests introduce the film or there’s an interview or afterparty. There are 3 rooms and a bar with wifi.

Monday: English subtitles and pizza!

Every Monday Rialto screens foreign films with English instead of Dutch subtitles. You can then also get a pizza from De Pizzabakkers nearby. A pizza and films is  €14,50. Get the special ticket at the cashier, eat the pizza at the Pizzabakkers or eat it at Rialto. Cutlery and plates are provided by the cinema.

Thursday and Friday pop-up food

Every Thursday and Friday Rialto’s Mireille cooks up a dish of comfort food . Soups are €5, meals are €8.

Films are €9 (weekdays) or €10 (weekend).


3. De Uitkijk

Certainly the Uitkijk is the most romantic film theatre in Amsterdam to watch a film. Located near Leidseplein, but hardly noticeable from the outside. Inside, a lovely 1920s avant garde décor puts you right in the mood. Film theatre De Uitkijk is managed by students. De Uitkijk is the oldest cinema of The Netherlands.

De Uitkijk screens independent film house movies. From classics like Rambo: first blood and North by Northwest to commercial Iranian fiction.

Films €9


4. EYE Film Museum

EYE Film Museum

Inside the new EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Eye Film Institute screens classic films, documentaries, shorts, fiction, Dutch films and independent films. The Dutch film institute EYE has an impressive film archive, dating back to silent movies. EYE Film Museum dedicates itself to restoring and digitalising films and to building up an audience for Dutch films abroad.

In 2012 EYE proudly opened up its grand new venue across the IJ-waters. The spacious building has 4 cinemas and even more room for events.In summer and winter the EYE bar and restaurant is worth a visit for its panoramic views. There is also a large outside terrace.

Movies at the EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam are around €10.


5. Amsterdam film house theatre The Movies

The Movies at Haarlemmerdijk is Amsterdam’s oldest movie theatre. Lovely Art deco interior. At The Movies there is always something interesting to watch. It screens new films from directors like Lars von Trier, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen and Wim Wenders.

Films are €9,50. From Sunday to Thursday there is a special movie dinner menu (€ 22,50 including films).

6. LAB111

Pathology Lab lamps at SMART cinemaLAB111 is located in an old laboratory in Old-West (Oud-West) grimly used as a pathology lab (lab 111). The cinema has multiple rooms but it’s never really busy.  At LAB111 there is a nice restaurant/bar with some details taken from the pathology lab (the lamps!) With regular art exhibitions.

Tickets for films are €10. Special offer is their ‘Film + dinner’ for  €20.

7. Kriterion

Kriterion is a student-run movie house and bar, located across the University of Amsterdam at Roetersstraat.

Kriterion organises regular entertaining specials for nice prices. Such as the always surprising ‘Sneak Preview’ every Tuesday (22.15, €5) and the ‘modern classic’ (every Monday, 22.00, €5). Free entrance and live music every Sunday afternoon.

8. Club and cinema Studio/K

Cinema, restaurant and club Studio/K is located in the East of Amsterdam (Timorplein) and is run by the same student organisation as Kriterion. Studio/K opened its door in 2007.  It shows regular films and art house films.

The atmosphere and crowd is student-like, you can even eat inside the cinema. There are regular special screenings and surrounding parties. There is also a Studio/K club.

Prices are €9,50 for a film and €21 for dinner and film.

9. De FilmHallen

De Hallen Films

Zaal 7 of art film house De FilmHallen has been decorated with the art deco interior of the old Vondelpark Filmmuseum. Originally this decor came from Cinema Parisien, located at Amsterdam Nieuwendijk from 1919 to 1956.

Opened in 2014, the Hallen were an immediate succes. The buildings at the Bellamyplein in Amsterdam West (near Kinkerstraat) date back to 1902 -1928. The spacious halls were used to repair and maintain Amsterdam’s first electrical trams.

In 2013 started the renovation of the old buildings. Apart from an indoor food market, a library, restaurant and hotel, there is also a cinema.

De FilmHallen are the sister of film house The Movies. Every day there are films screened in 9 different films rooms. From Hollywood to European film, foreign films from around the world and documentaries.

Film tickets at De Filmhallen are €11,00 (€10 when bought online).


10. Melkweg Cinema

De Melkweg (Milky way) at Leidseplein is a music venue with two main stages for live music. The building is an old milk factory that was squatted in the 1970’s by a theatre group. It quickly turned into a youth centre. Nowadays it’s one of Amsterdam’s most famous clubs.

But besides concerts and club nights, Melkweg has a nice bar and good restaurant with friendly prices, an interesting art gallery, regular dance productions and an art house cinema for mostly independent movie house films, music documentaries and music films. Films at Melkweg cinema start in the evenings and night time, every day of the week.

Films are around €9. Most films start at 20.00 hours.


11. De Balie

De Balie is another cultural centre located at Leidseplein, but more politically correct in a building that suits them: a former courthouse. There are 3 halls to fill with debates, seminars, theatre and film, all specifically aimed at ‘opening up debate’ on social, political and cultural matters. With outside terrace, bar, restaurant and free wifi. Films are films house movies and documentaries. Often films at The Balie are followed by a discussion (usually in English).

Films are every day at different times and cost €10. You can also enjoy burger (veggie or meat) and a film for the price of €19,50 with the Cuisima Diner.

12. Het Ketelhuis

Het Ketelhuis (‘kettle house’) started out as a cinema for Dutch children films, but has turned into a full art house cinema. Focus is still on Dutch films though (no subtitling in English). Het Ketelhuis also programs political film debates, get-togethers from the Dutch Film scene and dance nights. Het Ketelhuis is located at Westergasfabriek.

Dinner is served as well. Tickets are €9.


13. Filmhuis Cavia

Filmhuis Cavia is a very, very low budget art film house, run by volunteers on a not for profit basis. Here you can see a movies for just €4. Every Tuesday night, guest programmer Jeffrey Babcock screens a rarely screened (cult)classic. Think Nouvelle Vague, Kitchen sink, silent film, experimental, Russian Montage, Japanese Bondage…

The film comes with an interesting introduction. Jeffrey also screens his films at bar De Nieuwe Anita every Monday (€3,00, 20.30) and in OT301. Send Send an email to to receive the weekly program information. All films are English spoken or with English subtitles. At Van Halllstraat (near Westergasterrein).


14. OT301 cinema

Amsterdam squatters hub OT301 has a 76-seat cinema as well, screening independent/activist documentaries and fictional works ranging from cult to queer to classics for €4. Usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Check calender.


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Michael K July 31, 2015 - 11:35

I hadn’t visited A’Dam for quite a few years and was totally gobsmacked by seeing the EYE from the Schipol train into Centraal in 2013. So much so, I completely changed my plans for the next two days and spent a lot of time in and around it, not seeing any films but just marvelling at the architecture and location (and A-Lab nearby, etc).

A nice alternative to Damrak 😛