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... ... read full review
M–Th, Su 10:30am–1am, F 10:30am–3am, Sa 12:30pm–3am
Weesperplein, Amsterdam –
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 and affordable place.
Located in the city’s former Jewish District near University van Amsterdam, Kriterion’s extensive schedule of alternative and independent film screenings reels in neighborhood locals of all ages.
Although cinema buffs line up for the documentaries, American and international films, and art-house movies, Kriterion also offers a lively café and bar perfect for socializing with the upbeat clientele regardless of the movies on offer.
A popular meeting point for study groups taking a break, the cheerful open-plan café is decorated with fresh flowers, old and new film posters, and comfy sofas, and includes a covered terrace that stays open until closing.
With its fascinating history and exceptional reputation for quality films, Kriterion is one of the Plantage area’s must-see venues.
Chatty students and locals, 20s.
An array of original-language movies from classic to contemporary.
Yogurts with fruits and honey, tostis with fresh cheese, homemade hummus with bread, and sandwiches.
Admission €8/full price, €6.50/students, night films, and matinees, or €5/sneak previews. Food €2.50–€4. Beer €2, wine €3, mixed drinks €6, coffee/tea €2.
Thursday and Friday nights.