Copenhagen City Guide for Film Fans
The Danish capital, Copenhagen is famous for its hip art culture, innovative architecture and laid-back lifestyle. It’s no surprise then, that the residents of Copenhagen love to catch a movie in one of the many art house cinemas across the city. Most films are shown in the original language, often English, with subtitles in Danish. So should it rain during your trip to the wonderful city, this could be the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
An updated classic: The Grand Teatret
Located just off Copenhagen’s famous shopping street Strøget,the Grand Teatret is hard to miss with its Art Deco signage and period facade. If you are tired of glass and chrome multiplexes then this is the perfect antidote. From the 1950s style entrance to the checkerboard floor and domed glass ticket booths this cinema is a hipsters dream. There is also a bustling café bar where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
The Grand Teatret offers a smorgasbord of European films, Danish releases and independent productions. And despite the vintage chic, all screens in the Grand have been fully digitized and can seat up to 774 patrons. The Grand Teatret is also a great place to spot some of Copenhagen’s notable residents including Prince Henrik who regularly attends the cinema’s French season of films.
© Grand Teatret / grandteatret.dk
For Super 8 fan boys: Husets Biograf
Film purists will love Husets Biograf, part of the Huset KBHcomplex, in central Copenhagen. This is the city’s last bastion of the Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film. It also hosts comedy nights, live music and spoken word poetry. As befits its history as a squat for artists, anarchists and hippies the Husets Biograf doesn’t show mainstream cinema releases. This is the perfect place to go for a showing of Man-hattan: ‘Midnight Cowboy’ or The Room (dubbed by fans as the world’s worst movie). The Room shows on the first Friday of each month and is the perfect warm up to a night out. You are warmly encouraged to shout at bad acting and talk over cringe-worthy scenes.
© Husets Biograf / huset-kbh.dk
The Danish Film Institute (DFI)
The Danish Film Institute is the bastion of Danish film and boasts of the Cinematheque: 3 cinemas, a videoteque, restaurant and café, bookshop and film-lab for children. As with our two previous recommendations the DFI screens the majority of its films in English or Danish films with English subtitles. And if you are looking for an introduction to Danish cinema, Danish on a Sunday, shows a new or classic Danish film with English subtitles each week. The restaurant at the DFI, SULT, offers a mix of Italian, French and Middle Eastern cuisine and imports its wine list from the south of France. A nice idea is to drop in for a weekend brunch with the family. Kids can watch a film in the Cinematheque while the adults relax over a leisurely (and quiet) meal.
© Jørgen True for Danish Film Institute / dfi.dk
Film Festivals in Copenhagen
MIX Copenhagen, one of the oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals and CPH:PIX prove that there is something for everyone in Copenhagen. The festivals here reflect the laid-back style the city is famous for, at the same time championing the intellectual, the outlandish and the new. Copenhagen is a city that prides itself on welcoming everyone and what better reason to visit than a film festival? Visitors in town for business or a city break can easily reach film festival venues from the Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport Hotel using the city’s fast, frequent public transport service.