The five-screen Verdi and Verdi Park, its four-screen annexe on the next street, have transformed this part of Gràcia with a diverse programme of independent, mainly European and Asian cinema. At peak times, chaos reigns; arrive early and make sure you don't confuse the line to enter for the line to buy tickets.
The little brother of the Verdi, this four-screen annex on the next street has smaller screens but the same solid art-house programming.
Renoir Floridablanca screens up to ten independent American, British and Spanish films (and occasionally some from other countries) in their original language every day. Though programming tends towards the higher-end, you’ll still find the odd Hollywood blockbuster.
This vast multiplex has all the atmosphere of the near-empty mall that surrounds it. But what it lacks in charm, it makes up for in choice, with 15 screens offering blockbusters plus mainstream foreign and Spanish releases. At the weekend they usually have numbered seating, so it’s worth booking your tickets online
The films in this four-screen cinema are shown in their original versions and subtitled in Catalan
One of the most recent additions to the original-language landscape, this is a 12-screen, state-of-the-art cinema with big comfortable seats and stadium seating that guarantees a good view. Tickets will usually set you back €9, but on Wednesdays the price is cut to €4.90.
Centrally located in the Gothic Quarter, this small cinema has come up with a novel way of getting bums on seats – when you buy your ticket, it gives you access to the cinema for that whole day, so you can see up to seven films for the price of one. Rates vary according to the day, from €4.50 on Wednesdays to €9 on weekends and public holidays.
This cinema in Gràcia has four screens and shows a variety of films. The big draw for the locals is the subtitles are in Catalan. The big draw for everyone else is the films are in their original language, and some Catalan films even have English subtitles. And everyone is happy about the low price of €2 or €3. This is likely due to the films showing here slightly later than their premiere release date.
Just metres from the modernista Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, until December 2014, Phenomena was an itinerant undertaking, screening its repertoire of classic hits and dedicated cycles in different venues around town. However, such was the success of initiatives such as 'Jaws'–'Alien' double sessions, that organisers decided to move into a permanent home, taking over the closed-down Nápols cinema.
Indie and alternative cinemas
Esteban Bernatas hears ‘You’re crazy’ a lot. That’s what people say when he talks about his project: Cine-Zumzeig Bistro, a cinema and above-average bar-restaurant in Sants. Is there anything more noble than trying to help small independent productions find an audience?
This small, two-screen venue is the nearest that Barcelona comes to an art-house cinema, with an idiosyncratic roster of accessible classics (think Wilder, Antonioni and Hitchcock) alongside more recent films that aren’t quite commercial enough for general release.
Opened in 25-year-old renovated movie houses in 2010 with the mission of becoming a multicultural space, Cinemes Girona screens European and international films, holds festivals and live cultural events, and offers movies for children and young people.
The government-funded Filmoteca is a little dry for some tastes, offering comprehensive seasons of cinema’s more recondite auteurs alongside better-known classics. Overlapping cycles last two or three weeks, with each film screened at least twice at different times. Books of 10 and 50 tickets bring down the price per film to a negligible amount, while there is also an excellent library of film-related books, videos and magazines.
The aim of Xcentric is to promote greater awareness of experimental and documentary film, and those videographic projects that seek to challenge the medium in new ways. It also holds special tributes to little-known or forgotten film-makers.