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Casa de América


This cultural centre has its own cinema screening classic and contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema as themed seasons and special events. Showings...

Paseo de Recoletos 2

Cine Estudio de Bellas Artes


Originally a theatre, this repertory cinema is part of the grand Círculo de Bellas Artes building. The sound system is excellent, and the programme of...

C/Alcalá 42

Fescinal (Cine de Verano)


An open-air night-time venue in Parque de la Bombilla for catching double bills of mainstream films during the Veranos de la Villa festival, which takes...

Parque de la Bombilla

Filmoteca Española (Cine Doré)

Critics' choice

Known affectionately as la filmo and featured in films by Almodóvar, this chic art nouveau national film theatre was founded more than 50 years ago. The...

C/Santa Isabel 3


Critics' choice

This legendary four-screener, until recently known as the Alphaville, was the first of Madrid's art-house cinemas and played a crucial role in the Movida...

C/Martín de los Heros 14

Ideal Yelmo Cineplex


This hugely popular eight-screen multiplex is an efficient if somewhat characterless venue for international mainstream films in versión original.

C/Doctor Cortezo 6

IMAX Madrid


The hourly wildlife and scientific shows are only in Spanish, but the 3D and Omnimax presentations are awesome enough to be enjoyed by all children.



Critics' choice
Cinemas, Clubs

The Godzilla of Madrid clubs, with splendid views of the main dancefloor from many of the upper balconies: dance voyeur heaven. Of seven storeys, each has...

C/Atocha 125

La Enana Marrón


A side street in Chueca is the hip and lively location of the strangely named Brown Dwarf microcinema, specialising in experimental films, retrospectives,...

Travesía de San Mateo 8

Pequeño Cine Estudio


It's always worth keeping an eye on this peculiar little VO cinema because its rapid turnover means that rarely viewed classics from Hollywood and world...

C/Magallanes 1

Renoir Plaza de España


The flagship of the enterprising Renoir chain, with screens on the small side and a haphazard queuing system in the cramped foyer, although good sound...

C/Martín de los Heros 12



This relative newcomer to the ranks of VO cinemas has five screens showing a lively mix of art-house, Spanish, independent and mainstream foreign films.

C/Bravo Murillo 28