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Cinemas in Madrid

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Written by damien

Like any other major city in the world, Madrid has its fair share of cinema lovers. The Spanish film industry is fairly active, bubbling close to the surface offering locally produced movies, providing a slant into life in Spain during its rich history as well as exciting present.

ShMadrid tells you more on going to the cinema in Madrid.

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How to see a movie in Madrid

Spanish movies

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A wide choice of classic Spanish films is usually always on the program at the Cine Doré. The Cine Doré, situated in the centre of Madrid, acts as a showcase for the Filmoteca (the Spanish national film library).

In addition to the locally produced fare, the city hosts more than a dozen luxury cinemas are open seven days a week, showing all the latest movies from around the world. Visitors to the city with some time to kill can always pass an enjoyable evening at the cinema.

Unless the new visitor speaks pretty fluent Spanish then they will have to take extra trouble to find cinemas that show films in the original language, as the Spanish film distributors make extensive use of dubbing technologies instead of printing subtitles on imported movies.

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Movies in its original language

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That means extra care and attention has to be made when searching for a movie to go and see that the letters “versión original” or usually more prominently placed (V.O.), is displayed meaning that the film will likely be showing in English or at least in the language in which it was originally produced.

At any time they can be up to eleven cinemas open in Madrid, showing films in their original language. These cinemas are located around different parts of the city.

For the experience alone is always worth taking in a movie at Madrid’s Premier cinema at the Gran Via, situated on the street of the same name in the very center of Madrid.

So the good news is that it doesn’t mean that movie lovers moving to Madrid will have to forsake an occasional evening at the cinema and can enjoy all the latest films in the native language more or less at the same time as they are also showing in the cinema in their home town.

Have you been to the movies in Madrid? Any advice?

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Originally from France, Damien has made Spain his home. He loves languages, learning, food and startups.

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