Cubans are big movie buffs and have quite a sophisticated film culture. The annual International Festival del Cine Latino Americano is one of the most famous film festivals in Latin America and attracts hundreds of moviegoers every year. Movie theaters, of which there are several in Havana, run everything from subtitled Hollywood blockbusters to old and new Cuban films. It’s not uncommon to run across a mini-festival or film series of classic foreign or independent cinema. Admission is usually around 3 to 5 Cuban pesos for everyone (about 25 cents).
Cine 23 y 12
Calle 23 #1212, between Avenidas 12 and 14, Vedado
The Cine 23 y 12 is a small cinema that has just one screening a day at 8:00pm, mostly Cuban films.
Avenida 26, between Calle 35 and 37, Vedado, Tel: 833-9573
The Acapulco was a luxury movie house that opened in mid 1958. It was a first run theater with a beautiful modern interior. Now it’s a little run down, but still shows some first run Cuban movies and a variety of other films.
Cine Charles Chaplin
Calle 23 # 1155, between Avenidas 10 and 12, Vedado, Tel: 831-1101
Considered one of the largest art movie theaters in Latin America and is the most modern in all of Cuba. It screens all sorts of films, sometimes dedicated to particular directors, countries, decades or themes. It also houses a second screening room, the Cinemateca de Cuba (aka Centro Cultural Cinematografico, ICAIC), which specializes in video presentations of cult movies.
Cine La Rampa
Calle 23 #111 between O and P, Vedado, Tel: 878-6146
Built in 1955 by Architect Gustavo Botet, this huge building has been converted to a complex with offices, a cafe, bar and cinema, which is on the first floor.
Paseo del Marti Prado #503–513 at Calle de San José, Old Havana, Tel: 863-3163
The Cine Payret is one of the largest cinemas in Havana. Its programming consists of first-run Cuban films, occasionally a Hollywood blockbuster, and is one of the main venues for the Havana Film Festival.
Calle 23 #507, between G and H, Vedado,
The Cine Riviera screens a range of films, including action movies from North America, England and Cuba and also a lot of Spanish language movies from Latin America.
Calle 23 (La Rampa) at O Street, Vedado, Tel: 832-9430
Cine Yara opened in 1948 as the Teatro Radiocentro. This is one of the only multi-screen cinemas in Havana and is a three screen triplex.