Arnhem, cinema capital of Gelderland!
Something is happening in Arnhem and it’s been the talk of the town for quite some time now. There seems to be an outburst of new, or renewed cinemas here. In no time, this makes Arnhem cinema capital of Gelderland. I’ll tell you what cinemas are here now, and what’s still to come!
1. Pathé Cinema (Website in English!)
When you enter or exit the Arnhem CS it’s hard the miss the new Pathé Cinema. The previous location was at the Rembrandt Cinema (which is now home to City Cinema Rembrandt, more about that later). Pathé felt it was time for a brand new cinema that holds more seats (1683) and has some awesome extra’s for film freaks.
The 7 story building houses 9 cinemas. 6 Cinemas have Dolby Digital 7.1 sound, 2 have Dolby Atmos sound (aka AMAZING sound) and the biggest cinema (308 seats) is an IMAX Next Generation (aka MASSIVE screen).
As an active visitor of the Pathé cinema, I can recommend you to see an IMAX 3D film. Make sure you buy a ticket for the top half of the cinema for the best effect. Ticket prices vary big time. A normal ticket costs 10,50 euro, seeing a 3D film costs you 12,00 euro, IMAX ticket costs 13,00 euro and IMAX 3D 14,50 (!). Reservations are needed when you want to see a popular new blockbuster, this will prevent you from being disappointed when the movie is sold out, and that happens quite a lot.
When you go to the cinema 1x per week or more, it might be a good idea to buy a PUC. (Pathé Unlimited Card). A card costs 19 or 26 euro per month and you can go see as many films as you like at any Pathé cinema!
The cinema does not only show blockbusters but also shows arthouse films, concerts, opera’s, theatre and sometimes even sports events.
Stadsbioscoop Rembrandt filled the empty cinema at the Velperplein 10. This iconic building is dear to many “Arnhemmers”, and hold loads of memories of date-nights in Arnhem, since the building/cinema opened in 1954.
Stadsbioscoop Rembrandt re-decorated and opened in February of 2016. The building has a café, 5 cinemas, the biggest one counting 512 seats. This truly is a beautiful cinema, the best seat at cinema 1 is in row 1, seat 16 ;). Stadsbioscoop Rembrandt shows mainly arthouse films with the occasional special. They will expand soon, and plans for a restaurant and more specials are in the making. I was even told that they will show Dutch films with English subtitles!
The prices at this cinema are way cheaper than at the Pathé cinema. Movies that show during the day –up till 7 pm are only 6,50 euro. After 7 pm they cost 8,50 euro. There is no discount card available yet, but it says on the website that “more info is coming soon”.
Arthouse film lovers in Arnhem will know their way to the Korenmarkt and the Focus Filmtheater. The building was built in 1899 and used to act as a Grain Trade center. In 1916 it was turned into an art house and in 1973 it became a cinema.
The cozy building houses 3 small cinemas with a total of 244 seats. A ticket during the week costs 9 euro and at the weekend they charge 50ct extra. When you have an F-card Focus card (Focus card costs 15 euro per year), or a Friends-card a ticket costs 7 euro. There is also a Cineville card available. The cost is 19 euro per month and just like the Pathé card you can see as many films as you like at any of these linked cinemas (http://cineville.nl/theaters). At Focus Filmtheater you can also find documentaries, classes, and the “Breakfast at Focus” event.
New Focus Cinema at the Kerkplein
Focus Filmtheater has plans to build a new larger cinema at the Kerkplein in Arnhem Center, right in front of the Eusebius Church. There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding this plan.
The cost of this new building will cost an estimated 11 million euro and will have 5 cinemas. The building, designed by architect studio DP6 should be finished in at the beginning of 2018. Many Arnhem residents don’t approve the build and so a petition has started to stop the plans form becoming a reality. They fear that there will be too many cinemas in Arnhem and not enough people will buy a ticket to make the new Focus Filmtheater profitable, and it will all be a waste of money.
In 1 week over 2000 people signed the petition. See in the video what the plans are for the City Center and the location of the new Focus cinema.
4. Last on the list of cinemas in Arnhem is Vue (new name), aka JT (old name), aka “De blikken Bioscoop/The Tin Cinema (nickname).
Vue has 5 cinemas with a total of 818 seats. The ticket prices vary between 5,50 euro for a movie at 11 am and 9,30 euro for a 3D movie. The cinema has quite a lot to offer: 2D, 3D, D-Box, XD, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Cinema (I’m cautious to the D-Box effect?!).
Vue cinema also had an unlimited card that costs 19 euro per month.
But… that’s not all!
There are plans to build ANOTHER cinema in Arnhem. Euroscoop has set its eyes on the spot next to the Rijnhal, just across the John Frost bridge. The movie house will have 10 cinemas, that will seat 2.200 people! WOW! Euroscoop says that constructions could start “soon” and the cinema could be up and running in 6 months.
Something is happening in Arnhem and it’s been the talk of the town for quite some time now. There seems to be an outburst of new, or renewed cinemas here. In no-time, this makes Arnhem cinema capital of Gelderland.
I’ll tell you what cinemas are here now, and what’s still to come!