Hanoi's independent film house
What we say:
Hanoi boasts a handful of large-scale cinemas showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters, but for something more alternative head to Cinematique.
Located just a few minutes' walk south of Hoan Kiem Lake near the Old Quarter, this small, independent theatre shows a diverse range of films ranging from 1940s classics to the latest Cannes Festival winners to offbeat Vietnamese documentaries. They don't show the latest big name films so head to one of the larger complexes if looking for the latest Batman flick. Cinematique also doesn't sell litres of Pepsi and supersize popcorn, but they do have a lovely restaurant/bar on site and customers can take food or wine into the theatre.
There's no website so to see what's on in advance you'll need to check the New Hanoian or the Hanoi Grapevine. It's a members-only theatre with a 200,000 VND yearly fee (a 50,000 VND "donation" is also appreciated for each film), so it's not great value for a single viewing but isn't too bad if you're in town for a couple of weeks. The cinema and restaurant are only open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months but every day for most of the year.
More details22A Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
How to get there: The entrance is down a very nondescript alley -- it’s 100 metres or so along. Don’t be discouraged, it's worth the effort!
Last updated: 26th September, 2013
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