Don’t miss out on the latest Hollywood blockbusters whilst you’re in Budapest at one of the modern cinemas. You can also enjoy the big screen in a historic moorish-style cinema for something a little bit special. You’ll find a good selection of movies playing in their original language.
Here are the spots that made our list:
Corvin Cinema: Being the largest of the old generation cinemas in Budapest, this cosy movie theatre features up-to-date technology whilst retaining an authentic feel throughout. Corvin shows the latest blockbuster movies you’d expect to find at the flicks and you will also be able to catch special anniversary reissues of modern-day classics from time-to-time too.
Sugar Mozi: With a large number of food options available, this small cinema in Budapest provides a budget movie theatre experience with less queuing time than you’ll encounter at many of the larger options in the city. Rarely crowded, Sugar Mozi provides a personal experience and an intimate atmosphere for viewers.
Muvesz: As well as providing visitors with the usual blockbuster titles, Muvesz shows numerous non-Hollywood/independent films in a very 90s venue that brings about a large dose of nostalgia. This small psychedelic-styled movie theatre invites you to watch a huge range of rare movies in their original language and gives you the opportunity to rent Hungarian movies with English subtitles from a small shop at the venue. This place also has a buffet and sells a range of snacks and drinks.
Cinema City Duna Plaza: This spacious movie theatre in Budapest is the oldest multiplex in the city and is bulging with character. With free parking for all customers and no crowds at the ticket office, this venue is an ideal spot to watch a last-minute film with no distractions.
Puskin Mozi: Showing more art films than Hollywood blockbusters, this classic cinema features 90-year-old architecture and has a rare kind of ambience. The bar in this alternative movie theatre sells a wide range of drinks which are on discount for those who purchase a movie ticket.
Urania Movie Theater: Perhaps the most majestic cinema in the city, Urania Movie Theatre has a gothic style with Arabian undertones and shows all the latest Hollywood blockbusters in an enormous auditorium. The café on the upper floor sells freshly made coffee as well as a variety of snacks and sandwiches for viewers.
Toldi Cinema: Functioning as a movie theatre and a club, this art cinema shows a variety of independent films and international movies. This venue sells a large selection of coffee, sandwiches, snacks, lemonade and draft beer, and is an ideal place for relaxing with friends in a chilled atmosphere.
Polus: This is a medium-sized venue compared to other cinemas in Budapest. Rarely at its full capacity, Polus movie theatre shows the latest Hollywood movies in a spacious environment where buying tickets is a quick and easy process. Polus also provides a large range of snacks and hot and cold drinks at its buffet.
Cirko-Gejzir: Committed to unveiling less mainstream works to the public, this retro movie theatre is dedicated to the celebration of cultures and European values, showing many European independent films in a warm and homely environment across its three screening rooms. Tea and coffee can be obtained for a donation and there is no shop of buffet so snacks and soft drinks are not available to purchase here.
Kino Café: An iconic art movie theatre with an ‘underground’ feel, this cinema shows rare independent movies across two halls. This is a small but lively venue that also functions as a café where you can choose from a small selection of drinks and snacks.
Cinema Pink: This is a spacious multiplex movie theatre in Budapest that features a digital Dolby Atmos 360 sound system and 4k projectors. The unique aspect of this cinema is the offer of giant leather armchairs and the large amount of leg-room in the footwell that provides a relaxing and comfortable viewing.
Premier Kult Café: This modern cinema shows a large variety of indie films and Hungarian movies shown in their original language, and has a young and inclusive vibe. It also doubles as a café which has indoor and outdoor seating, offering cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, coffee, and a selection of gluten-free and paleo options.
Taban ArtMozi: An art cinema situated in the heart of Budapest, this retro movie theatre plays a wide selection of older movies, providing a historical day out in an intimate environment. Taban ArtMozi also has a small café for purchasing light snacks and refreshments, and for borrowing rental DVDs.
Mi Mozink Obuda: This is a spacious movie theatre that is rarely crowded and doesn’t feature the large queues before or after the screening like many other cinemas. Mi Mozink Obuda provides its viewers with a relatively small screen size, creating a warm, relaxing atmosphere in the heart of Budapest. In addition, parking is free for customers.
Palace Mammut: With generous leg-room and big leather armchairs, Palace Mammut provides a comfortable viewing experience in front of 4k projectors. In addition to showing many non-dubbed movies, this venue also has a library where visitors can borrow books or simply sit and read in the foyer.
Buda Bed Cinema: A small and intimate cinema in Budapest, this lively movie theatre implements a ‘bed’ concept (the clue is in the name) where viewers get to lounge in beds with pillows throughout the viewing of the film. It’s worth noting that this venue does not provide refreshments or snacks but you are permitted to bring your own into the viewing theatre.
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