Too cold to explore the historian city center of Kraków? Looking for a place to warm up? How about watching a movie? You are in luck as in the Old Town of Kraków and close area outside of it you may find amazing, old and filled with historic atmosphere independent cinemas. With their sectretive aura and exceptional pragrammes they are a strong alternative for mainstream chain multiplexes.
POD BARANAMI CINEMA
Main Square 27
The cinema is housed in a historical building, at the very heart of The Old Town. There are three small projection rooms inside. Its attractive repertoire covers mostly highly ambitious films and film festivals of world cinema. It also presents a cycle of screenings for foreign viewers: polish films in English, as well as many films for the young audience. This beautiful cinema exists since 1969 and belongs to a prestigious chain of Europa Cinemas. Kino Pod Baranami is a host for various film festivals in Kraków such as Silent Movies Festival and Off Camera of Independent Cinema.
ul. Św. Tomasza 11, Old Town
Located in an historic building whose history as a cinema dates back to 1916, ARS was recently saved from closure and remains Kraków’s most popular art house cinema showing a range of commercial and ambitious independent films. It offers great deals especially for students such as Cheap Mondays or Cinema for 6 PLN in the Summer Time. It also shows a Mysterious Special Screenings in attractive price – however you don’t know what movie you are going to see until it starts;)
Cafe Cinema Paradiso
Pl. Niepodległosci 1, Podgórze
This humble community cafe near the vastly under-rated Bednarski Park features a patio on Podgórze’s ‘Independence Square,’ and lives up to its name by screening films twice a day FOR FREE, granted you at least buy a drink at the bar. While they have the coffee, beer, smoothies and cocktails to complement any film, we recommend their paninis, burritos and other snacks, which are not only delicious but served quickly. Movies aren’t screened at the bar either, but in a separate, enclosed room with Polish, and also English subtitles when necessary. Check their FB page to find out their repertoire and reserve yourself a seat.
Al. Krasińskiego 34, Old Town
The biggest of mentioned here cinemas. Three projection rooms with comfortable seats, commercial films are shown on the biggest non-IMAX screen in Kraków, while art films and festival entries screen in the second two. Also a cafe on site. Great weekly event called Bloody Monday is hosted in the underground bar. Enjoy ‘Not always scary’ low budget horror movies for free with friends and beer:)
ul. Krowoderska 8, Old Town
Housed in a YMCA-Poland, this tiny cinema shows primarily art films and very strongly promotes Polish Cinematography.