Films are screened in their original languages, non-Dutch films are always subtitled.
Lijnbaansgracht 236 tel: (020) 623 6615
International, art house.
In the Vondelpark. Vondelpark 3, tel: (020) 589 1400
No commercial Hollywood films here---this is the National Centre for Cinematography in the Netherlands. The collection comprises over 35,000
titles. It also houses anything else pertaining to film history---posters, documents, perhaps even old popcorn boxes.
Haarlemmerweg 8-10, tel: (020) 684 0090
In the Westergasfabriek. Art house, cult, international.
To reach it take tram 10.
Roetersstraat 170, tel: (020) 623 1708
Art house, cult.
Haarlemmerdijk 161, tel: (020) 638 6016
Near the Haarlemmerpoort. Multi-screen. Established in 1912, the oldest cinema in the city. A good restaurant inside, too. Recent and Hollywood films.
Near Rembrandtplein. Reguliersbreestraat 26, tel: 0900 1458
(toll call, 50ct/pm)
Opened in 1921, this grand cinema and its art deco interior was restored in 2000-2002 to its full glory, and then became a national monument. Today it houses 6 screens (total capacity of 2302 seats), but not all of them are in grand style---think of those as suburban shopping mall style theatres. The Tuschinski also has its dark history: the Nazis used the beautiful theatre as a holding centre for victims heading to the death camps, and founder Abram Tuschinski himself was a victim, dying at Auschwitz. Pass the popcorn.
De Pijp. Ceintuurbaan 338, tel: (020) 662 3488
Art house, alt, non-commercial.
Amsterdam West, nearby the Arena. Arena boulevard, 1101 AX Amsterdam SO, tel: 0900 202 5350 (toll call, 50ct/pm)
Pathé Bellevue-Cinerama/Calypso Pathé
Marnixstraat, nearby the Leidseplein. Marnixstraat 400-402, tel: 0900 202 5350 (toll call, 50ct/pm)
Theater is currently a big hole between buildings-we don't know at this writing (Oct '08) what the plans are.
Pathe De Munt
Near Muntplein. Vijzelstraat 15, tel: 0900 1458 (toll call, 50ct/pm)
14 screens of Hollywood films.
Near the Leidseplein. Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 15-19, tel: 0900 202 5350 (toll call 50ct/pm).
Prinsengracht 452, tel: (020) 623 7460
After "The Movies" it's the oldest surviving theatre in the city (1913). Art house and non-commercial films are screened in this lovely canal side building.
Amsterdam Marrionette Theatre
Near Nieuwmarkt. Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8, tel: 020-620 8027
The classical tradition of European Marrionette Theatre is presented in a repetoire consisting of Mozart, Offenbach, and others. For groups, beautifully presented opera dinners, opera lunch, and high tea can be arranged.
Leidsekade 90, tel: (020) 530 53 01
Leidseplein 12, tel: (020) 530 73 00
An institution that hosts supremely unfunny comedians---mainly for an American audience. Language: American, not English. Dining is available, and you'll find the food to be the real joke here.
Near Amstel Hotel. Amstel 115-125, tel: (020) 622 5225
Officially, Koninklijk (Royal) Theater Carré, it was originally built as a home for its founders, the Carré familly of circus artists. Various performances now---everything from serious theatre to, yes, circuses. Consult the program of Carré for more information.
Max Euweplein 43-45, tel: (020) 638 3971
Near Hollands Casino. Another yuk-yuk factory. Dutch comedians, but mainly in English.
Nes 71, tel: (020) 626 3644
De Kleine Comedy
Amstel 56-58, tel: (020) 624 0534
Comedy and cabaret.
Near Leidseplein. Lijnbaansgracht234a, tel: (020) 531 8181
Rock and alternative venue.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
(East of Centraal Station) Piet Heinkade 1, tel: (020) 788 2000
Billed as the concert hall of the 21st century, this brand new (2005), beautiful performance space provides a home for modern, classical, jazz, electronic, and non-Western music, along with small-scale musical theater, opera, and dance, with a spectacular glass-enclosed setting on the IJ. It's worth the visit for the cafe-restaurant alone.
Het Muziektheater (Stopera)
Waterlooplein 22, tel: (020) 551 8911
Home to The National Ballet, Modern Dance, The Netherlands Opera.
Trams 9, 14, 4
Nieuwe de la Mar
Marnixstraat 404, tel: (020) 530 53 02
De Rode Hoed
Keizersgracht 102, tel: (020) 638 56 06
Various events: debates, symposiums, music.