Netherland Best Theaters

Want to see the latest blockbuster or an independent film? Amsterdam has a movie theater to suit every taste. Find a new favorite Amsterdam cinema on our list.

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Here are a few of our top picks for big and small screen, arthouse and blockbuster Amsterdam movie theaters! If you love movies, don’t miss Amsterdam’s terrific film festivals like PLUK DE NACHT and be sure to visit the EYE FILM MUSEUM. Check our AGENDA to see if there is a film festival on now. There is always somewhere new to catch films in Amsterdam.

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The new EYE Film Museum located across the IJ in Amsterdam Noord is a terrific place to see a movie. The brand new theaters are state of the art, and the EYE shows an excellent selection of new release and classic films. The EYE theaters also host a variety of special programs so be sure to check the website for the latest offerings. For those who are learning Dutch or visitors who are interested in Dutch films but do not speak the language, the EYE has a special event on the third Wednesday of each month called Dutch Movies English Subtitles. A favorite Dutch film is chosen and English subtitles are included. Tickets to films at the EYE are typically €9,50. A Cineville pass can be purchased for €19 per month which allows unlimited movies at EYE and 12 other theaters in Amsterdam. Before or after a film at the EYE you can dine at the EYE Cafe or next door at THT.

IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam


The Rialto is a neighborhood cinema in de Pijp showing interesting independent films, including many international offerings. Twice a week Rialto shows excellent classic films from years past. Visit their restaurant and bar before or after the movies. Rialto is part of the Cineville pass program. Why not grab a glass of wine before or after the film? Two terrific wine bars are just steps away. try Wijnbar Paulus or Glouglou. If you are hungry check out Par Hasard, SLA, De Japanner, Coffee & Coconuts, or one of the many delicious places to eat in De Pijp.

Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam


For 30 years De Balie has been a place for the public to meet with artists, politicians, opinion leaders and scientists and discuss developments in society. Now De Balie is a wonderful cafe and restaurant and also houses a cinema. You’ll find all kinds of fascinating alternative films, documentaries, international and political films here, and De Balie often hosts film festivals as well like IDFA and World Cinema. Check their agenda for what’s showing now. You can combine a night at the movies with a meal in their Grand Cafe as well. Buy a Cineville pass for €19 per month which allows unlimited movies at De Balie and other theaters in Amsterdam.

Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam


A newer theater located in the converted buildings of Westerpark, Het Ketelhuis is a modern venue showing a variety of independent films. Het Ketelhuis has a cafe offering drinks and a simple food menu, or visit one of the nearby Westerpark cafes for a meal before or after your movie. Tickets are €9 or buy a Cineville pass for €19 per month which allows unlimited movies at Het Ketelhuis and 12 other theaters in Amsterdam. Enjoy an entire evening or even a full day at Westerpark when you visit Het Ketelhuis for a film. You can drink and dine at Brouwerij Troost, Wester Wijnfabriek or Mossel & Gin and dance the night away at Pacific Parc or Westerunie. You could even stay the night at Leidinghuis, Hotel de Windketel or Gustafson.

Westergasfabriek Pazzanistraat 4, Amsterdam


his cool theater in the Plantagebuurt is cooperatively run by students. Showing independent and major release films, Kriterion was started by two students after WWII to assist other students to earn some money while in school. The student organization also recently helped students in Bosnia start their own Kriterion in Sarajevo. Tickets are €9, with matinees priced at €7,50. A Cineville pass can be purchased for €19 per month which allows unlimited movies at Kriterion and 12 other theaters in Amsterdam.

Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam

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