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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Look who’s talking. Original version cinemas in Barcelona
You never know, you might get bored wondering through all that history, exploring the many galleries or original clothes shops; you might get tired of drinking cortados and watching the world and its weirdos and wonderfuls go by; you never know, it might even rain. Fear not, Barcelona has an alternative pastime, and fortunately, it’s an alternative to watching beautiful films on the big screen doblado-ed badly into Spanish. The city has VO (version original) cinemas to suit all tastes, and many languages (but mostly English).
For your big budget, Hollywood movies and some select foreign films, the best place is the Icaria-Yelmo Cineplex. With its 15 screens and films showing from 11am through to midnight, it’s always possible to turn up here unplanned and find something worth watching. The cinema is found near Vila Olimpica on the ground floor of a shopping centre with various restaurants and bars: a great option when sun-kissed and mellow after a day on the beach.
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Offering a perfect balance of big budget and quirky art-house and foreign films, the Renoir cinemas are another good option for the ‘turn up and take your pick’ type of cinema-going. The central Floridablanca has seven screens while Les Corts has six screens, with two to four screenings a day starting from 4pm. The Floridablanca is also good for late night (from 12:30am) showings on a Friday and Saturday night.
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There are two Verdi cinemas, one with five screens, the other four screens, located just around the corner from each other in Gracia. They show an excellent selection of quality Spanish and foreign films with three to four showings a day, starting from 4pm. They are also one of the rare and lovely cinemas that give screen space and time to short films.
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Located in the 17th century Palacio Maldáin the heart of the Barrio Gotico, this one-screen cinema is aimed at the art-house aficionado. Independent and underground films, documentaries, old classics, and Bollywood are among Maldá’s repertoire. It offers four screenings daily from 4.30pm. On Tuesdays, the last two sessions are given over to Cine Ambigú, the film club that presents, in 35mm, the best of the independent film festivals from Europe and the US.
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Filmoteca de Catalunya
If you’re a true film buff looking for long-lost originals with Catalan subtitles, try the Filmoteca de Catalunya. Aside from its dedication to building regional identity through film, it offers a diverse programme of world classics and independent cinema. It selects a film of the month, documentary of the month and various film series, usually with seminars and discussions held alongside. There is also an impressive archive and library here, just in case you haven’t got lost enough in the alternative alleyways of Barcelona.
For five weeks only, Sala Montjuïc is the summer hit sensation for all film lovers. Set up in the lush green moat of the castle that overlooks the city on the top of Montjuïc, films are shown in the open-air, on a giant screen, in 35mm and in VO. Take a blanket, take a picnic, bring some friends, drink some wine and love it! Opens at 8.30pm, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from June 20th to August 1st.
Carrer de Monjuïc