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Like anywhere else nowadays, you'll find all the latest highest grossing blockbusters in the big cinemas such as Pathé at Balexert, but the real deal is Geneva's unconditional love for art house cinema. Don't shy away from venturing across town in search of that cinema you heard of, it is worth it.

High prices are the downside of the cinema experience in Geneva and more generally Switzerland though choosing the right day and film can reduce costs significantly.

Pathé Balexert

The 13-screen theatre shows everything from hit blockbusters to highest-grossing indie films but don’t expect to find your niche Iranian film here.

Opening hours

Mon – Thu: 12:30 – 01:00.

Fri: 12:30 – 03:00.

Sat – Sun: 11:00 – 03:00.

Admission

CHF 19.50 for adults.

CHF 16.50 for children from 14 – 16/students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 14.50 for children under 13.

Count an extra CHF 3.00 for 3D films.

The Pathé Pass grants you unlimited access for CHF 40/month.

Languages: English subtitled and French.

Adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 27 Av. Louis-Casaï, Geneva, Switzerland (bus 14/18 stop Balexert ; tram 10/51/52 stop Pailly; Balexert Mall parking)

Contact: 0900-1458 (CHF 0.80/minute)

Website: www.pathe.ch

Arena Cinema La Praille

The 7-screen theatre shows everything from hit blockbusters to highest-grossing indie films but don’t expect to find your niche Argentinian film here.

Opening hours

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 15:00

Wed and Sat: 12:45

Sunday: 10:00

Admission

CHF 16.90 for adults.

CHF 13.90 for students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 8.90 for children under 12.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Adapted for disabled guests

Address: La Praille Centre Commercial et de Loisirs, 10 Route des Jeunes (buses

4/21/22/42//43/D stop Stade de Genève; tram 12 stop at Bachet de Pesay; La Praille MallParking Lot).

Contact: 0900 916 916 (CHF 1/minute).

Website: https://www.arena.ch/fr/geneve

Bio

You’ll find old and new indie films, from the highest grossing to the really obscure ones.

Opening hours

Every day:14:00 – 21:00

Admission

CHF 16.50 for adults.

CHF 13 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 12 on Mondays.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Adapted for disabled guests (2 seats).

Address: 47 Rue St-Joseph, Geneva, Switzerland

Contact: +41 (0)22 301 54 43

info@cinema-bio.ch

Website: http://www.cinema-bio.ch

Cine 17

Perhaps the most comfy cinema in Geneva, recently refurbished for the delight of the audience, showing everything from hit blockbusters to highest-grossing indie films. The theatre also has a little bar-terrace, perfect to enjoy a drink before or after the film.

This is an expensive cinema but it’s worth it, as they say “the best of comfort and technology”.

Opening hours

Every day: 12:00 – 23:00.

Admission

CHF 25 for adults after 18:00.

CHF 20 for adults before 18:00 pm.

CHF 20 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners after 18:00 pm.

CHF 15 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners before 18:00 pm.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Adapted for disabled guests.

Address:  17, Rue de la Corraterie, Geneva, Switzerland (buses 3/5/18/36 stop Place Neuve ; tram 12 stop Place Neuve).

Contact: +41 (0)22 312 17 17

Website: http://www.cine17.ch

Cinelux

The place to be for enthusiasts of obscure indie world films.

Opening hours

Mon – Fri: 14:00 – 23:00.

Admission

CHF 16 for adults.

CHF 13 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 8 Boulevard de Saint-Georges, Geneva, Switzerland (buses D 2/10/11/14/19/20/32 stop Jonction).

Contact: +41 (0)22 329 45 02

contact@cinelux.ch

Website: www.cinelux.ch

Le City

Built in the 1940’s, this cinema shows films from world-renowned indie directors.

Opening hours

Every day: 14:00 – 21:00.

Admission

CHF 16.50 for adults.

CHF 13 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles (increasing English subtitles).

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 3 Place des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland (buses

2/6/9/27/E/G stop Terrassière).

Contact: +41 (0)22 736 89 20

info@les-scala.ch

Website: www.les-scala.ch

Le Cinéma du Grütli

This 2-screen theatre, traditionally named Grütli, aims to promote emerging and art house cinema.

Opening hours

Very rough schedule, they sometimes play films only in the evening, other times in the morning and afternoon as well.

Check out their website for more information.

Admission

CHF 14 for adults.

CHF 8 for children/students/pensioners.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 16 Rue du Général Dufour, Geneva, Switzerland (buses

1/2/3/6/7/10/12/14/15/18/19/32/36 stop at Cirque or Place Neuve).

Contact: +41 (0)22 320 78 78

info@cinemas-du-grutli.ch

Website: http://www.cinemas-du-grutli.ch/

Les Scala

Built in the 1940’s, this cinema shows films from world-renowned indie directors.

Opening hours

Every day: 14:00 – 21:00.

Admission

CHF 16 for adults.

CHF 10 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles (increasing English subtitles).

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 23 Rue des Eaux-Vives, Geneva, Switzerland (buses

4/6/E/G stop Rue du Lac, Volandes).

Contact: +41 (0)22 736 04 22

info@les-scala.ch

Website: www.les-scala.ch

Nord-Sud

You’ll find old and new indie films, from the highest grossing to the really obscure ones.

Opening hours

Every day: 14:30  – 21:00.

Admission

CHF 16.50 for adults.

CHF 13.50 for children/students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 12 on Mondays.

Languages: Original languages with French subtitles.

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 78 Rue de la Servette, Geneva, Switzerland (buses 3/14/16/18 stop Poterie or Servette; parking in Coop or Migros).

Contact: +41 (0)22 733 19 00

cinemanordsud@bluewin.ch

Website: http://www.cinepass.ch/fr/cinemas?cinemaID=258

Pathé Rex

The 3-screen theatre shows everything from hit blockbusters to highest grossing indie films but don’t expect to find your niche Thai film here.

Opening hours

Tills open 30 minutes before the start of the first film and close 15 minutes after the start of the last film.

Admission

CHF 19.50 for adults.

CHF 16.50 for children from 14 – 16/students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 14.50 for children under 13.

Count an extra CHF 3.00 for 3D films.

The Pathé Pass grants you unlimited access for CHF 40/month.

Languages: English subtitled and French.

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 8 Rue de la Confédération, Geneva, Switzerland (bus 2/7/10/36; tram 12)

Contact: 0900-1458 (CHF 0.80/minute)

Website: www.pathe.ch

Pathé Rialto

The 7-screen theatre shows everything from hit blockbusters to highest grossing indie films but don’t expect to find your niche Hungarian film here.

Opening hours

Tills open 30 minutes before the start of the first film and close 15 minutes after the start of the last film.

Admission

CHF 19.50 for adults.

CHF 16.50 for children from 14 – 16/students/unemployed/pensioners.

CHF 14.50 for children under 13.

Count an extra CHF 3.00 for 3D films.

The Pathé Pass grants you unlimited access for CHF 40/month.

Languages: English subtitled and French.

Not adapted for disabled guests.

Address: 33 Bvd. James-Fazy, Geneva, Switzerland (bus 1/3/5/6/8/9/10/19/25/27/61/F/V/

Z; tram 14/15/18; Cornavin Station parking)

Contact: 0900-1458 (CHF 0.80/minute)

Website: www.pathe.ch

Splendid

Hot and steamy porn films are shown in this last survivor of x-rated cinemas in Geneva. Cabins are available with a choice of 500 porn films.

Opening hours

Mon – Sun: 10:00 – 00:00 am.

Admission

Not under 18.

CHF 14.00 for adults.

CHF 11 for unemployed and pensioners.

Address: Place De-Grenus 3, 1201 Genève, Switzerland.

Contact: +41 22 732 73 73

Website: www.cinesex.ch

Spoutnik

The place to be for obscure indie world film buffs.

Opening hours

One film a night Mon – Thu, usually playing at 20:30.

Two films a night from Fri – Sun, usually around 18:00 pm and 20:30.

Admission

CHF 12 for adults.

CHF 8 for students/unemployed/pensioners.

Language: Original language with French subtitles

Address: 4 Place des Volontaires, Geneva, Switzerland.

Contact: +41 (0)22 328 09 26

Website: http://www.spoutnik.info



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