Spain Explained

Cinema in Spain

If you live in or near a major town or city, there should be a cinema within your reach. The difficulty for many non-Spanish residents, is, as you might expect, that the films will be in Spanish. If you are lucky some cinemas do show English-speaking films in Spain or you can hire a head set from the box office and listen to an English translation on selected films. It’s not ideal but it means at least that you can still keep the occasional cinema visit as a pastime.

The cinemas are very similar to what you would expect in other European countries. There’s the usual popcorn and drinks for sale in the foyer, although, they don’t seem to be as expensive as the refreshments available in UK cinemas. The overall cost is also less than you would expect in many other countries. It is still a reasonable family day out.

If you are looking for an accessible film that doesn’t require your own personal headset translation you could try a silent one. You probably think that the days of Charlie Chaplin are long gone, but there was a silent film competing in this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival. Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves or Snow White portrays the story of Snow White in early 20th century Andalucia. The traditional King and Queen are replaced by an injured bullfighter and flamenco dancer and the seven dwarfs are, no less, bullfighters themselves.

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