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 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.
1. De Filmhallen
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 and world cinema and documentaries.
Zaal 7 has been decorated with the art deco interior of the old Vondelpark Filmmuseum. Originally this decor came from Cinema Parisien, located at Nieuwendijk from 1919 to 1956. Film tickets at De Filmhallen are around €9,00.
2. Melkweg Cinema
De Melkweg (Milky way) at Leidseplein is a cultural hub with two main stages for live pop / rock 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 €8. Most films start at 20.00 hours.
3. 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.
4. EYE Film Museum
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. 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.
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. Three rooms and a bar with wifi.
Films are €9 (weekdays) or €10 (weekend).
7. 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 screens independent film house movies. From classics like Rambo: first blood and North by Northwest to commercial Iranian fiction.
8. 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).
LAB111 is located in an old laboratory in Old-West (Oud-West) grimly used as a pathology lab (lab 111). The cinema has multiple rooms and is not frequented very often, so you stand the chance to watch the film with just you and your company.
At LAB111 there is a nice slick designed restaurant/bar with some details taken from the pathology lab (the lamps!). (photo right) With regular art exhibitions. Tickets for films are €8. Every second Thursday they screen a foreign language film with English subs.
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.
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.
12. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the weekly program information. All films are English spoken or with English subtitles. At Van Halllstraat (near Westergasterrein).
13. 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.