12 unique movies theatres from around the world

WikimediaMovie theatres around the world differ greatly.

There are only a few things that bring people together. Amongst these are cooking, travelling and, possibly most beloved, film. Across languages, cultures, and time, movies have brought people together in ways few other things can.

Part of this connection comes from coming together in one place to enjoy a film.Movie theatres are a community staple around the world, serving as a cultural and social center. Whether outside, in 3D, or inside a dome, each movie theatre has its own charm that draws people to it.

Here’s what a few unique movie theatres look like around the world.


New York’s Alamo Drafthouse brings the bar to the cinema in the US.

Sarah JacobsAlamo Drafthouse is a movie theatre and a bar.

Forget over-priced popcorn and soda, at Alamo Drafthouse, you’ll find beer sourced from local breweries, curated movie menus and service right to your theatre seat. Started in 1997, the US chain grew out of Austin, Texas, and works to provide moviegoers with a luxury experience, on top of a great movie.


An old slaughterhouse finds new life at Cineteca Matadero in Madrid.

Cineteca Madrid/FacebookCineteca Matadero used to be a slaughterhouse.

It’s not every day that you can say you’ve watched a movie at a former slaughterhouse. A visit to Madrid, however, gives you just that with Cineteca Matadero. Featuring experimental films and documentaries, the Cineteca, is part of a contemporary creation center.


Take in views of Greece’s Acropolis at the Cine Thisio.

TripAdvisor/CINE THISIOThis outdoor theatre has a view of the acropolis.

Outdoor movie theatres are a draw on their own, but Athenians get a special treat at Cine Thisio. Moviegoers face not only the screen but, also, the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Built in 1935, it’s the oldest outdoor movie theatre in Athens.


Drive-ins have a whole new meaning at Walt Disney World.

Courtesy of My Modern MetAt the Sci-Fi Drive In you can enjoy a drive in without all the work.

Although a typical drive-in requires getting in your car and parking in a field, Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, does things a bit differently. Enter the park’s Sci-Fi Dine-in theatre to get the 1950’s diner experience while watching clips of sci-fi movies. Visitors sit in old time cars as they enjoy their food and movie.


Forget 3D, at 4DX moviegoers in Korea get the ultimate experience.

4DX4DX gives a whole new movie experience.

Billing itself as the first 4D movie theatre, Korea-based 4DX goes beyond 3D movies by introducing elements such as scent and movement. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a truly immersive, movie experience.


Forget seats, watch your movie from the comfort of a hot tub in the UK.

Facebook/Hot Tub CinemaWatch a movie from hot tub with full service.

Started in London,Hot Tub Cinema invites people to watch an outdoor movie from one of a series of hot tubs. Moviegoers can either purchase individual tickets and share a hot tub with others or rent out a hot tub with friends for the showing. Drinking in the tubs in encouraged and there are waiters on hand to take your orders without ever leaving the water.


The Castro Theatre stands as a relic of old Hollywood.

cezzie901/flickrThe Castro Theatre is a blast from the past.

Created in 1922, the Castro Theatre can be found in the heart of San Francisco. Featuring everything from sing-alongs to stage performances, the art deco designed building is a time capsule worth preserving, and visiting.


Head to Norway to step inside the largest movie theatre in Northern Europe.

WikimediaColosseum Kino is a theatre that looks like a planetarium.

Thanks to its dome structure, from a distance you may confuse the Colosseum Kino for a planetarium. In reality, the 888-seat theatre is a wonder to view a movie inside, with said dome giving it spectacular acoustics.


Feel like a palace guest at the Raj mandir Cinema.

WikimediaThese theatre epitomizes elegance.

When Rajmandir Cinema was being built, there was one clear goal: create a movie theatre that epitomized style and elegance. The theatre features ornate lighting fixtures and glamorous architecture. Interestingly, a natural floral scent is released through the air ducts to enhance the experience.


Head to Australia to visit the world’s oldest outdoor cinema.

Sun PicturesThis silent movie theatre has been around for over 100 years.

Sun Pictures opened on December 9, 1906, with a silent movie showing, and it’s still around over 100 years later. Located in Broome, Australia, the theatre is known to play multiple movies at once from its picture garden.


Forget having to see over someone’s head at Uplink X, one of the smallest movie theatres in Japan.

Courtesy of Movie Theatre NewsThis movie theatre is designed for socialising.

Featuring 10 different types of seating, visitors are encouraged to pick up their seats and move them around the theatre to socialise. Comprised of only 40 seats, Uplink X has dubbed itself the smallest movie theatre in Japan.


Catch diverse perspectives of film in Chile.

WikimediaIt’s a perfect place for artists.

Since 1982, the Cine Arte Normandie has operated as a meeting place for artists and moviegoers to celebrate film. The theatre screens films that tend to be outside commercial interests, featuring national and international offerings.

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