Theaters Around the World

theaters around the world

Theaters around the world

Ever since the birth of cinema in the early 20th century, going to the movies has been a favorable way to kill time. While film buffs will say it’s all about what’s on the big screen, we would argue the theater itself can also play an important role in our movie-going experience.

The hi-resolution screen, plush seating, and savory buttered popcorn can all impact how we feel once the credits begin to roll. For that reason we thought it might be fun to share with you some of our favorite theaters around the world:

Raj Mandir Cinema, Jainpur

Theaters Around the World
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Raj Mandir was the dream of Shri Mehtab Chandra Golcha. He wanted a cinema hall that would break the boundaries of traditional movies—a showplace that would captivate the audience with his vision of style and elegance; a theater that would make his audience feel like they are royal guests at a palace, invited for a sumptuous feast of entertainment for the eyes and ears. Mission accomplished.

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne

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The Rooftop Cinema sits atop a roof in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Owned and operated by a sharp team of creative minds, Rooftop Cinema is committed to showcasing art house, classic, and recently released films in a completely unique, urban environment.

Busan Cinema Center, Busan

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Busan Cinema Center is the official venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)—one of the most popular film festivals in Asia—and has become a symbol of the festival itself. How so? It is said to be the first culture complex worldwide to combine movie theaters and a performing arts center in one building.

Cine Thisio, Athens

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Cine Thisio is the oldest summer cinema in Athens and one of the ten best cinemas in the world, according to BBC. CNN has also named it the very best cinema in the world. Why? Situated at the foothills of the Acropolis, this open-air theater offers an amazing view of the Parthenon. So, even if you get bored with the movie, you can always sit back and take in the view.

Uplink X, Shibuya

Billed by its owner as “the smallest theater in Japan,” Uplink X has only forty seats, making it truly unique. Each chair has a different design, and more closely resembles something you’d find in an upscale furniture store. When it isn’t screening art house films and documentaries, the seating can be moved around freely, allowing Uplink X to double as a multi-purpose venue for workshops and other arts activities.

Cine de Chef, Seoul

Cine de Chef is a new type of restaurant that combines a movie theater with an elegant restaurant. This lavish, but cozy restaurant has seven exquisite chefs who offer delicious French and Italian food, all while you enjoy your favorite sci-fi film. What more can a food-loving geek ask for?

Colosseum Kino, Oslo

Combining the best in design and technology, the Colosseum Kino is the world’s largest THX cinema. This entertainment center originally opened in 1921 but has since been refurbished, offering one of the best movie-going experiences around. It is also easy to spot—just look for the gigantic dome when you’re in Oslo.

Sol Cinema, South Wales

With a home base in the UK, Sol Cinema travels mainly around the South Wales area. They screen ecological films for groups no larger than eight people—the maximum capacity for this movie theater on wheels. Furthermore, this truly unique cinema has the title of the smallest portable solar-powered movie theater in the world, and after seeing the photos we can believe it.

Sala Montjuïc, Barcelona

This open-air cinema in Barcelona is an experience no one should miss. Set within the old walls of Montjuïc Castle, Sala Montjuïc creates a truly magical atmosphere that transports you back in time to the Spanish Renaissance. There’s one catch—Views of the city, harbor, and Tibidabo Mountain may be too spectacular to ignore. Good luck focusing on the movie!


About the Writer: Teodoro II Pisano 

Theo is a law graduate and speaks fluently four languages, but he makes a living writing about the hobbies he had as a kid. He admits he would quit writing only to become a professional chocolate taster!

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