Hagabion: Movies and a night out
The charming old brick building on the corner of Linnégatan and Prinsgatan is housing the indie cinema Hagabion, but also a popular restaurant and bar with a vegetarian focus. During the warmer season this is also home to one of the most popular (and largest!) outdoor bars in town. Hagabion is run by Folkets Bio an association that has been showing and distributing alterantive films since 1973, with the goal to engage, entertain and worry, create a debate and give new perspectives. Enjoy movies from around the world – for all ages.
Where: Linnégatan 21. The closest tram stop is Prinsgatan.
Bio Roy: Movies and performing arts in a retro salon
When the 40s cinema Bio Royal was reborn in 2008 it was named Bio Roy, after moviemaker Roy Andersson, and the last two letters in the neon sign went out for good. The old cinema is a pretty sight in itself with wall paintings and a theatre characteristic in its retro style. Here you can, aside from high quality movies, also see opera, theatre and ballet live from the Metropolitan in New York and the National Theatre in London. The foyer houses an organic café and coffee, wine and appetiziers are just some of what's available in the break.
Where: Kungsportsavenyn 45. The closest tram stop is Valand.
Biograf Draken: The home of Gothenburg Film Festival
Draken at Folkets Hus sees everything from stand-up comedy and music to conferences on a regular basis, but come January (and early February) it is also the main stage at the annual film festival. The salon was designed by Nils Einar Eriksson, also known for the Gothenburg Concert Hall, and opened in 1956. The theatre has red plush sets and mahogny walls and is pure joy for the eye. The curtain featuring a dragon ship by Gunnar Erik Ström is hiding one of the widest movie screens in the country. The movie theatre has room for 700 visitors.
Where: Olof Palmes Plats 3. The closest tram stop is Järntorget.
Aftonstjärnan: The oldest cinema in town
Aftonstjärnan in the old working-class neighbourhood at Lindholmen was first opened in 1915 and is the oldest cinema in Gothenburg that is still going strong today. The house from 1903 is a cultural heritage and the cinema was reopened by a bunch of local enthusiasts in 1994. You can still enjoy movies here, but also theatre and variety shows and concerts with something for all ages. Take a look in the porgramme to plan your visit.
Where: Plåtslagaregatan 2. The closest bus stop is Sannegårdshamnen. You can also travel to Lindholmspiren by ferry.
Capitol: Cinemateket and more
Biografen Capitol has been around since 1941 and has two theatres inside, one with room for just over 200 visitors and one smaller with room for only 18. Aside from their own programme they are also the home of the Swedish Film Institute's film club Cinemateket. They indulge in movie history and shows everything from silent film to news that has not yet hit other cinemas.
Where: Skanstorget 1. The closest trams toHagakyrkan.