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Stage & Screen


Original language movies in English are traditionally very popular in Düsseldorf and a good selection are screened in several movie theatres.

Films available to expats are screened mostly in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version in a number of movie theatres.

CineStar screens mainstream releases and blockbusters in original at their lively multiplex cinema. UFA Palast also show a good number of OV movies too. UCI Kinowelt generally shows one or two movies a week.

Filmkunstkinos show an excitingly wide variety of mainly art house films in original with subtitles across their various cosy cinemas. The Blackbox located in the Film Museum shows  numerous older movies, while the Filmwerkstatt has been adored for showing classics.

Many films produced in English are screened for several days and even a few weeks. Others unfortunately appear for just a day or two.

Enjoy watching original versions with subtitles in French, Spanish, Russian, Polish and other languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic. Keep your eye open for occasional specials at the Film Museum too.

Weekly updates of movie listings with times and theatres in the table. Cinema details, contact information and links in the posts below.

Having worked together with Filmkunstkinos and with support from Henkel to increase OmU availability in Düsseldorf years ago, this is dear to my heart. However, due to focus on strategic areas of business, weekly listings published on Amazing Capitals have now ceased. Please refer to the cinemas directly using links in the individual posts below.

Socialising in Düsseldorf

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in Düsseldorf can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.