Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Sonja Bricker.
When I first moved to Medellín over three months ago, I began researching where to see movies. I quickly discovered the city is full of modern, comfortable movie theater venues. These show mainstream Hollywood films plus the occasional independent and foreign one.
Jeff wrote an excellent article detailing all the idiosyncrasies of reserved seating, general versus preferential seats and the complex pricing schedule, which helped me prepare for my first visit. Since then, I have seen seven movies between C.C. Santafé and C.C. Oviedo.
However, upon digging a little deeper, I also discovered that Medellín has over half-dozen other movie theater venues. These show an eclectic range of movies, often for a fraction of the price of the main ones.
Note the above is a photo of Museum of Modern Art in Medellín, which is by Pe5pe.
1. Movie Theater Venues: Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MAMM), screens movies in their gorgeous theater nearly every Thursday-Sunday at the standard time of 7 pm, often with additional show times at 5 or 9 pm.
And on Saturdays there is a 2 pm matinee and tickets are two for the price of one (8,000 pesos).
For the month of February the English language offerings include: Nocturnal Animals, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. There are also European and Asian films such as: The Assassin, The Salesman, Neruda, Train to Busan, John From plus many Colombian features.
Consult MAMM’s website for exact show times.
2. Movie Theater Venues: Colombo Americano School
Another excellent choice for English language and European films is the Colombo Americano school (downtown location), which has two theaters.
Tickets are just 8,000 pesos ($2.78) and movie choices for February have included: Neruda, Paulina, Toni Erdman, Manchester by the Sea, Hedi, The Client and La La Land.
Consult Colombo’s website for exact showtimes.
3. Movie Theater Venues: OtraParte
In the Envigado neighborhood there is a beautifully restored house museum, cultural center, café and theater where the writer Fernando Gonzalez lived and worked.
The movie space is small and intimate. It’s more like watching a movie in someone’s living room, and the free showings are every Wednesday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.
There is always a theme. And this month it is Audrey Hepburn. Some of the movies include: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, Charade, How to Steal a Million, Wait Until Dark.
For more details consult OtraParte’s website.
4. Movie Theater Venues: the Universities
Two of Medellín’s universities show movies regularly as well. Universidad EAFIT shows free movies every Monday at 6 pm when classes are in session.
There is always a theme: first semester of 2017 it is “Louis Malle.” Location is Block 39, Auditorium 103. Check EAFIT’s website for a complete list of films.
The University of Antioquia has a very impressive selection of movie show times and choices during the school year, all for free. On any given Friday there will be between 1-5 movies shown at different locations throughout campus.
For example, on February 24 you could see Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, Half Nelson, or Conversations with Mother.
Check the monthly schedule for February’s offerings.
5. Movie Theater Venues: Outdoors at El Parque de los Deseos
For an outdoor movie experience simply head to El Parque de los Deseos, which has free movies every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The selection is diverse, ranging from kid friendly picks such as Cars to more alternative films like Super Size Me and The Last King of Scotland.
Check their website for the current schedule.
6. Movie Theater Venues: Others
Please let us know if you are aware of any other little known movie theater venues in Medellín out there that aren’t on our list.
See you at the movies!
Sonja is from Whidbey Island, WA. She has traveled to 46 countries but never wanted to settle down in any of them until she discovered Medellin. She is currently living here in Medellín for six months until she figures out how to be a permanent resident.