You could see a film at any old mainstream, big-box threatre. Or, you could go somewhere with a bit more history and a lot more culture. These five cinemas in Copenhagen will offer up tastes and smells beyond popcorn (candy, cake, coffee, and beer are available, too), they often display foreign films alongside Hollywood productions, they all cooperate with the CPH:DOX documentary festival, and they will most likely leave you wondering about those poor souls downloading films at home and missing out on the authentic cinematic experience. If you’re going to see a movie, you need to embrace the atmosphere too, right?!
Grand Teateret on Mikkel Bryggers Gade 8
This historic cinema shows occasional Hollywood blockbusters, independent films, and foreign films from around the world. A loyal audience has long favoured quality over quantity, which allows this historical venue to host cultural events and minor festivals, too. Tickets are sold at the theatre or at grandteatret.dk.
Park Bio on Østerbrogade 79
Located in an old theatre, the remaining statues of the past blend in with the welcoming (or hyggelige) décor. As the only cinema in Østerbro, it is usually filled with locals playing board games or drinking coffee before the screening. With a broad range of genres, the cinema’s only screen is in constant use, sometimes for films in 3D. Tickets are sold at the theatre and at kino.dk or park-bio.dk.
Vester Vov Vov on Absalonsgade 5
This historic art-cinema mostly screens foreign films, as well as the odd documentary, and does so in a uniquely historic décor, some of it dating from the 1890s. It simultaneously functions as a café, which means you can enjoy your tea/coffee/beer in the screening room. Tickets are sold at the theatre and at vestervovvov.dk.
Empire Bio on Guldbergsgade 29F
Located in an old train factory, the building was converted into a cinema in 2000. In addition to smaller productions, the venue also features an assortment of Hollywood productions, all screened in a relaxed atmosphere with an influx of locals. Tickets are sold at the theatre and at empirebio.dk.
Cinemateket on Gothersgade 55
As a part of the Danish Film Institute, this isn’t your conventional cinema. Rather it can screen movies according to themes ranging from extreme sports to soirée. It’s a cinematic oddball, but sometimes you need a little big-screen Fellini. Also, you’re able to request movies, which the cinema may be able to dig up from its large collection. Tickets are sold at the theatre and at Dfi.dk/filmhuset/Cinemateket.