Kriterion

Bar / Café / Theater
Kriterion 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.3625894 4.9108725
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 10:30am–1am, F 10:30am–3am, Sa 12:30pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kriterion Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Plantage is one of the greenest neighborhoods in town. Definitely take some time to bike through Oost Park, Flevopark, the Botanical Gardens, and the dozens of relaxing grassy places in between.

  • Crowd

    Chatty students and locals, 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    An array of original-language movies from classic to contemporary.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Yogurts with fruits and honey, tostis with fresh cheese, homemade hummus with bread, and sandwiches.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday and Friday nights.

Kriterion User Reviews

Average rating:
Students rule the world, or at least this one.
Rose O. Mar 6, 2013
Good movies, good parties, good bands, good beers and the occasional handsome hipster. This cinema is student run, which was such a success that they opened Studio-K (lovely bar, cinema and club) and Skek (a student cafe where you can eat soups for 5 euros). If you want to organize something fun they always want to help you and help you host it. - but they are a bit chaotic or call it anarchistic at times (because they don't have any hierarchy in their organisation). So there are a lot of student-things going on, movie nights by local student alliances etc. They host after-talks about movies and even own there own petrol station! Best movie programming in town if you ask me.
FOR STUDENTS BY STUDENTS
Grant W. Dec 12, 2012
The Kriterion is one of the most sought after cinemas in Amsterdam. This student-run venue shows current cinema for cheap, along with the odd Moderne Klassieker (modern classic) on Monday nights. Along with a cinema it is also a very bustling bar chock full with students chattering away about their latest dissertation or the newest indie electro band. The atmosphere is fantastic, the beer selection is varied and the movies are always good. Definitely one of my favourite spots in the city.
You won't be disappointed
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
This is a classic place to go for a movie and a drink on the cheap. Not only are the films cheaper than the Blockbuster price, but the selection veers on independent, and they throw in a few surprises through the week. I love the beer selection, and if the front outside isn't take, it's a great spot to hang and soak in an early evening. But I've even done some work there at a two-person table, ordering a few coffees within a work time in the afternoon. It's get a student vibe, but in a good way, and student prices. It's my number one spot for cinema in the city.
One of the best cinema hang outs
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
As a art et essai film lover, I love to hang out at Kriterion. Run by students, the place includes an independent movie theater and a lively café, serving food and nibbles too. Located close to the University, the crowd tends to be student-based during the day, and well mixed at night. Big tables, comfy sofas, it is easy to feel home in this place. The theater includes 3 cinemas. Thematic nights are regularly organized as well as projections of Movies That Matter followed by debates to raise awareness on specific topics. A Sneak Preview takes place every Tuesday evening for surprise lovers.
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