Sometimes you just reach those days on a trip where you just want to zone out... but you feel guilty about staying in the hotel, because afterall, you are on vacation. Why not go to a movie? In particular, why not go to Pathé Tuchinski?
This is a beautiful movie theatre. You will find that, compared to North America, many of the movies are actually a couple of months behind. But! If "that movie you really meant to see" is playing in the Large Hall, it is worth getting tickets.
It is possible to buy a beer in movie theatres in the Netherlands. Popcorn comes in two flavors: salty or sweet. Make sure you specify... because the sweet popcorn tastes really strange if you expected salty.
If you like Art Deco, then this is the place to go. Tuschinski had fled Poland and wanted to emigrate to the US but halfway stayed in The Netherlands.
At first he opened four cinema's in Rotterdam and then planned to build a cinematographic palace in the capital. The architect Hijman Louis de Jong designed what was called a mondial theatre palace.
Tuschinski opened its doors in October 1921.
In the period 1998-2002 it has been completely renovated and, including modern annexes, includes 19 cinema theatres with a total of 4000 seats.
By this time it was already well into the afternoon. We stopped in a little pub on the corner of Halvemaanstraat and Rembrandtplein.
The locals seemed to enjoy the loud music.
For us an opportunity to have a beer and to write postcards to absent VT friends.
This is quite a bad shot of Rembrandtplein. It is surrounded by restaurants and pubs and in the middle is a nice green park. In summer the whole pavements are full with tables and chairs.
I prefer it above Leidseplein.
In my restaurant tips I mention Indonesian restaurant Indrapura which is on Rembrandtplein.
If you ever need to have a meeting point on Rembrandt plein, then Three Sisters is a nice pub/restaurant to make an appointment.
Utrechtsestraat is a really nice street just off Rembrandtsplein. It has some good restaurants (Pata Negra, Tempo Doeloe) and cafes (De Ooievaar) en interior shops, clothes shops and other interesting stuff.
The recently-completed multimillion-dollar renovation of the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam is more than just a facelift for one of the world's great movie palaces.
Acres of art-deco murals, silk wall-hangings and tropical wood inlay, nine hundred art nouveau lamps of stained glass and bronze, furniture designed for the lounges of ocean liners, hand-woven carpeting, and a Wurlitzer theatre organ with ceiling-high pipes : these are just some of the sumptuous features of the phantasy realm of glamour and luxury created by a Jewish tailor from Poland in the heart of Amsterdam in 1921.
Pay attention to visiting museums. Holland is a country of great artists. One of them, Rembrandt, is especially respected. There is a monument of Rembrandt in the very center of the city. You can see it on this picture.
normally one the statue of Rembrandt was here but now also the statues of the nightwatch (nachtwacht) are here. The painting is in the rijksmuseum.
One more nice square and nice environment..
Rembrandts plein with the painters, coffees and park... A colorful moment..
This statue can be seen in the Rembrandtsplein area. This area is also popular with tourists and has many cafes with outdoor seating.
The idea was to lure the visitor into an imaginary world and to enjoy cabaret and cinema accompanied by cinema organ and cinema orchestra.
The front of the theatre is richly decorated. It is covered with glazed tiles and elaborate ironwork and lamps as well as ceramic sculptures.
This street between Rembrandtplein and Muntplein is crammed with food shops and fast food chains. We found another giant clog to make pictures in.
Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square). The sqaure and park is surrounded by many shops, outdoor cafes, and street entertainers. It is a great place to sit and relax.