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Nestled within the Museum Ludwig, Filmforum NRW has a lot to offer movie buffs. The small but sophisticated screening hall is air-conditioned and equipped with Dolby digital sound, a DVD player and a VHS recorder. There are also exhibitions, lectures and discussions held here on a regular basis. This place has been the venue for many a film festival and can also be rented out for private screenings.
The open air theatre at Filmhaus screens atleast two movies a day that is 700 movies a year. Themes like film festivals dedicated to various countries are a prime attraction here. Various childrens movies are also featured as a part of the children's film festival. Check out the website for further details.
Although it's a bit hard to find, this cinema offers an excellent alternative film program. Featuring Short Cuts Cologne, a short-film and low-budget film festival, the yearly women's film festival Feminale and a weekly Gay-Lesbian film night, this is a venue for films from outside the mainstream, rarely shown anywhere else in Cologne. Not surprisingly, the Filmhaus also produces films, and hosts seminars and competitions. Often, films are shown in English, and other languages.
It's easy to walk right past the building that hides the Filmpalette. Perhaps that's the reason why this cinema shows films that many others miss. Here, one can see foreign films that don't (as is the case in most other cinemas) come from the USA. Check website for more details on current and upcoming shows and exact show times.
The Cinedom is a cinematic experience of all technical refinement. For those who value digital sound and excellent picture quality, lounging in plush seats before a massive screen: this is the place. Unfortunately, this state-of-the-art facility almost never shows foreign films in the original language. The selection is gigantic, as are the crowds on the weekend. Various snack bars within the cinema complex offer all imaginable drinks and snacks. It's possible to spend an entire evening here, and it's worth at least a stroll around to take in the fantastic decoration. The catch, of course, is that tickets are cheaper during the week. Check website for more details on current and upcoming shows and exact show times.
The Metropolis is by far the best place in Cologne for English-speaking film lovers. The films are nearly always shown in the original version.They may be played with or without subtitles. However, the selection is always varied, current and the audio-visual quality is excellent. The Metropolis also shows classic and new children's films during the day besides the blockbuster films. Metropolis also hosts a children's film festival, that is extremely popular with kids of all ages.
Odeon-Lichtspieltheater mainly screens cultural films, with a focus on European cinema. The theatre has an impressive setting and a wide screen. There are around 100 works screened in a year, out of which 70 per cent are European productions and the rest are made up of American, Australian, Asian and Arabic movies. Even Bollywood and French film festivals are held in early summer. They have a tie up with schools trying to provide kids with knowledge through entertainment.
Off Broadway is a popular hangout for all age groups. It's not just a cinema but a cafe, tavern and beer garden rolled into one. The films screened here are both current blockbusters as well as regular art-house flicks. So you get to check out the best of the celluloid under one roof. The theater halls have all the modern amenities plus state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities.