Cinema In Zurich
and Films in English in Zurich
Want to see films in English at the Cinema?
There are plenty of cinemas in Zurich showing films in English. Take a look here to get some ideas on where to go. Just to let you know that often (in fact usually) there is an intermission during the film when you have a 10 minute break to get refreshments. Please note that they can also be quite strict about proof of age (and adhering to film age limits) when taking children to the cinema.
Find Out What’s On at the Cinema
The Cineman website shows you what’s on at the cinema here.
If you’re looking for films in English language (rather than dubbed for example) then you need to check that it states EN after the film.
Kinoculture also tells you which films are currently running in Zurich. See here.
Pathe have many special offerings for movie goers, including “Family Days” where you can see films at the reduced price of CHF 15 per ticket and they also run a number of events too. For more information please see here
The Arthouse Le Paris is located 2mins walk from Stadelhofen station at Gottfried-Keller-Strasse 7, 8001 Zurich
You can get there by train to Stadelhofen railway station or with trams number 11 and 15.
A real original in the lively «Langstrasse» quarter: Riffraff shows independent movies from around the world in original version – sometimes even with English subtitles. The in-house bar serves delicious drinks that may be taken into the cinema.
The Riffraff is based in Neugasse 57/63, 8005 Zürich. You can reach it by taking bus 32 to Röntgenstrasse or tram 4, 13 or 17 to Limmatplatz.
The architecturally unique Houdini shows international cinema in original version. Plus: Quality cocktails are served at the stylish bar and may be taken into the cinema.
The Houdini is based at Badenerstrasse 173, 8004 Zurich. You can reach it by taking bus 32 or tram 2 or 3 to Kalkbreite/Bahnhof Wiedikon.
Metropol Cinema (Kitag)
The Metropol is located at Badenerstrasse 16, 8004 Zurich.
Xenix is more of a FilmClub showing a variety of types of film and there are many classic and English language films running here.
Xenix is located just of Helvetziaplatz at Kanzleistrasse 52, 8004 Zurich.
KOSMOS is a multifunctional culture and event forum with six movie theaters, a book store, with a café, bar and restaurant attached. Please check the language of the film you want to see before booking as many (but not all) of the films are in German language only.
KOSMOS is located at Lagerstrasse 104, 8004 Zürich.
Watching at Home
You might also be interested to know that Netflix is now available in Switzerland too.
Please also check our Films section for films we have seen in Zurich, often with a Swiss connection.
Openair Cinema in Zurich
Allianz Openair Zurich –
Cancelled on 16th July – 16th August 2020 due to COVID-19
The Allianz Openair 2020 at Zurichhorn will sadly not be taking place this year but they are hoping to go ahead with a “Drive-In” version of the festival for more information please visit the webpage here.
Allianz Openair Zurich 2017 – see our article about here.
Allianz Openair Zurich 2016 – see our article all about it here.
Other Zurich Openair Cinemas Zurich
Take a look at the other smaller Openair cinemas in and around Zurich: Please take a look here or see below.
16th Zurich Film Festival
Planned to take place from 24th September – 4th October 2020
The 16th edition of ZFF is planned to take place in Zurich from 24th September to 4th October 2020.
For more information you can visit the ZFF website by clicking here.
13th Zurich Film Festival – 2017
The Zurich Film Festival 2017 took place from 28th September to 8th October and was a great success. Read more about the highlights here.
12th Zurich Film Festival 2016
The 12th edition of the ZFF took place in 2016 from 22nd September – 2nd October.There were 161 films shown from 27 countries as well as film master classes and gala premieres. Read our interview with Mike Leigh from the Zurich Film Festival 2015 here.
As Zurich is a small city you often get the chance to see the stars at close quarters as they walk along the green carpet or even sometimes just sightseeing in town.
The ZFF also run a 72 second film-maker contest, a kids films section at the festival and lots more. For more information and background on this year’s Zurich Film festival see here.
Have fun and enjoy your films!