Info Home to De Nederlandse Opera, the Netherlands’ foremost opera company, and the Dutch National Ballet, Het Muziektheater (the Amsterdam Music Theatre) is one of the largest theaters in the country. The building opened in 1986 and also houses Amsterdam’s city hall. Events at Het Muziektheater include opera, ballet, and classical ... more
1001 RH Amsterdam
Party Earth Review Set in an old milk factory, Melkweg (Milky Way) is an entertainment/arts complex with a bar, club, movie theater, and art gallery. Though the venue features a variety of live concerts during the week, the post-show club gigs that swing into gear afterwards are just as popular with the local music lovers who show up to dance ... more
Info The Rozentheater, located on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, is the first and only theater in the Netherlands that specifically caters to only young people. Built in 1912 as one of the first multiplexes in the country, it was later converted into a vaudeville theater. Eventually, the theater closed in 1987 and lost its public ... more
1016 LV Amsterdam
Party Earth Review What began as a bike storage and boiler room was eventually transformed into De Nieuwe Anita, a kitschy yet stylish club that plays host to live bands, film screenings, open-mic nights, guest parties, and more. The décor is reminiscent of a vintage thrift store, with accordion lamps dangling from the low ceiling and illuminating ... more
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Concert Venue / Theater
Info Koninklijk Theater Carré, situated on the Amstel in Amsterdam, is one of the top theaters in the Netherlands. Originally opened in 1887 as Circus Carré, the venue went through several transformations until an extensive renovation in 2004. A new stage house was built and the inside of the theater was ... more
1018 EM Amsterdam
Party Earth Review Opened by a good samaritan in 1945, the Kriterion movie theater was originally a haven where struggling students could work and earn money in the aftermath of World War II. From the beginning, Kriterion has been run by a creative panel of young and innovative city students, who continue to strive to keep the theater a liberal ... more
Concert Venue / Theater
Info Gigant is a music venue and theater located in Apeldoorn, just outside of Amsterdam. Consisting of a concert hall, three theaters, and a café, Gigant plays a large role in the city’s cultural life. Events at Gigant include live music concerts, dance nights, film screenings, and comedy shows. Featured films range from Dutch ... more
7311 BR Apeldoorn
There is a vast array of performing arts in Amsterdam, so of course there are also many theaters in Amsterdam to support the endless plays, musicals, comedy, ballet, opera, symphony, and more.
Scattered throughout the city, Amsterdam theaters cater to all types, so if you’re looking to laugh, cry, be shocked, or be moved, there is always a performance happening that’s just right for you.
Some of the biggest theaters in the city are Muziektheater, which hosts Amsterdam’s best ballet and opera performances, and Kriterion Theater, which was opened in 1945 and features independent films, documentaries, and art-house movies.
Other theaters abound in Amsterdam, including Boom Chicago, where nightly standup acts keep the city’s denizens laughing, and Melkweg, a theater, concert venue, club, and art gallery all in one. In the summer, Vondelpark doubles as an outdoor theater as patrons laze away in the grass and enjoy some summer stock under the sun.
Any time you’re looking for more discerning entertainment, check out the multiple theaters in Amsterdam and soak in the variety of talent that permeates this great city.