Tuschinski Theatre & Cinemas, Amsterdam
Tuschinski, a Jewish guy from Poland, opened the first Dutch cinema in Rotterdam. This theatre however was destroyed in the bombing of this great Dutch city in 1940, when the Nazi's invaded the Netherlands. His second cinema, with the same name, was built in Amsterdam and is now-a-days the number one cinema of our country. Here is where the mayor premieres are and the famous hollywood stars come to watch the kick-off of their movie (film) in the Netherlands or (sometimes) Europe.
Dress Code: With premieres you dress up as beautifully as you can, but normally you just go as you are.
Opened in 1921, the Tuschinski is a huge cinema. Pictures in The Netherlands are shown in their original language with Dutch subtitles, so don’t be afraid to take in a show. The theatre was built by Abraham Icek Tuschinski, a Jewish immigrant who was murdered along with nearly his entire family in the Nazi concentration camps.
Theater Tuschinski is an impressive and unusual old-style cinema, close to Rembrandtsplein. After walking past it on our first night, we decided to visit it and watch War of the Worlds, which had just been released.
From the outside the building is extremely strange, like something from Batman's Gotham City. Immediately inside the doors is an old-style luxury lounge with seats, carpets and a bar.
The queues for both ticket booths were long on Saturday night. I wondered whether the film would be sold-out. But once inside, it was clear that the auditorium was vast, like a very large theatre, painted walls, angular lights like 1920's gas lamps, a massive star-like light across the ceiling 100-feet up. And curved balconies stretching around the edge!! Basically, lots of room.
The beautiful cinema made up for the mediocre Hollywood film which, like lots of American films was subtitled in Dutch.
The price was 10 euros per person for films in the main auditorium. Expensive 'London' prices, but I could understand why for such an interesting venue. There were also a massive number of staff, who were all helpful, efficient and friendly.
Dress Code: Some people dressed casually, some others were very smart. A complete mixture, though the 'casuals' were in the majority.
This is one of the most beautiful movie theatres in Europe. It's a masterpiece in art deco style. Not only the outside but also the entrance hall are worth a little visit.
If you have time for a movie, make sure you watch the movie in room no. 1 because this is the original movie room with a balcony and chandeliers. You have to pay more, though, for this room. Normal price is 8.50 EUR, in room 1 it is 10 EUR.
The Filmmuseum presents daily 3 or more programs (mostly in the evening).
They change the films every time: cult, war, public movies and children.
Have a look at their website.
Dress Code: Just the way you like, nothing special.
It`s a nice place where you can have a drink at the pub and take your drink watching movies. Usually movies are not the most commercial ones, you might find mostly foreign movies, documentaries, theme movies or the sneak preview ( you dont know whats the film is about or its title until the very last moment)
Tuschinski is completely renovated and back to its famous classic interior.
A great place to see a movie or to attend the special cinema organ events.