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Off the main road: unusual cinemas

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As it still gets dark early, this is a good time to go to the movies. Of course, Munich has “big” film theaters, which run the latest blockbusters. In addition, there are some small cinemas that offer a fancier program:

20131231_140010The French Film oasis: Theatiner Filmtheater
Designed in the style of the 50s, the Theatiner-Passage (between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz), houses the “Theatiner Filmtheater”. This cinema was built in the mid-50s and shows until today French, Spanish and Italian films (original with subtitles). From the small foyer which is decorated with old movie posters, a narrow staircase leads down to the actual cinema hall. Calling this room a “hall” might be a bit exaggerated – the projection room is deep and narrow and looks more like a large living room. The films start after a short preview. Very suitable to polish up your French.
Mondays and Tuesdays (movie day): 6 €
Wednesdays to Sundays: 7.50 € – 8.50 €

Rocky Horror Picture Show forever: Museum Lichtspiele
If you want to see movies in the original English version, just go to this small cinema situated near the Deutsches Museum (Lilienstraße 2). Its absolute stand-alone feature is the presentation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, which has been run here since September 1977 in a specially decorated movie hall. The audience is invited to play along (the necessary equipment can be purchased at the box office). The decades long screening of the film earned the cinema a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition, the cinema shows lesser-known films shown only in a few other movie theaters, as well as blockbusters such as the Harry Potter series. There are also every afternoon children’s films in German.
Mondays (movie day): 5.90 €
Tuesdays to Sundays: 8 € – 8.50 €

A pure program: Arena Filmtheater
The Arena Filmtheater (Hans-Sachs-Straße 7), too, has more than 100 years under its belt. Nowadays, the foyer presents itself in the color combination ” vanilla ice cream with strawberries” and is furnished with chairs in the Sixties – style grouped around small coffee tables. 20 years ago, this theater was a study in black. Black painted walls, a ticket counter made of black wood, people dressed in black, leaning on the wall in the cave-like, chairless foyer and smoking (!). There was a single screening room with about 100 seats.
In 2006, the theater was renovated and divided into two movie halls. Now, you will find there the smallest of all Munich cinema halls: 38 seats, spread across five rows and a mini box. The program applies to cineastes: intellectual show premieres, unusual documentaries and occasional programs.
Mondays and Tuesdays (movie day): 6 €
Wednesdays to Sundays: 8.50 €

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