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text Martina Olivieri
photo cover Kilyan Sockalingum

December 14, 2023

The best cinemas in Florence

The historic cinemas of the city, where even watching a movie becomes an experience to remember

The cinema has always fascinated, amazed and captured young and old alike. After months of closures, the lights are back on and we can return to savor the taste of a movie in the company. But where to go? This is our itinerary to discover the historical cinemas of Florence. We have deliberately not mentioned the big multiplexes such as Uci Cinema or The Space, which you can always find, but we wanted to focus on non-canonical programs, art-house cinemas.

Giunti Odeon Libreria e Cinema
Via Degli Anselmi, Piazza degli Strozzi, 3-5-7
ph. +39 055 214068

More than a century after its opening, the prestigious Odeon Cinema-Theatre has embarked on a new path and has become Giunti Odeon, an eclectic space for cultural experimentation that combines books, cinema, music, art and theatre and aims to expand the cultural offer for the city. A 1,500 square metre space that houses a cinema hall with two projection screens (one for the dark showing of films and a large led-wall for daytime cultural entertainment), a magnificent new bookshop with a wide variety of titles for all the passions of the readers who come to experience it. An ideal place for book and culture lovers. You can read our in-depth review HERE.

Giunti Odeon

Cinema La Compagnia
Via Camillo Cavour, 50/R
ph: 055 268451

The Cinema La Compagnia was born as Cinema Modernissimo in 1921 and was subsequently remodeled by the architect Adolfo Natalini between 1984 and 1987. Today it has become the House of Cinema and Festivals of Tuscany, the ideal place for those who love not only films, but also documentaries, experimentation, reviews, previews and audiovisual culture in all its forms. Until October 3, it also hosts some shows of Middle East Now 2021.

Cinema La Compagnia Firenze

Cinema Multisala Fiamma
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 13
ph: 055 553 2894

Cinema Fiamma is the classic cinema of yesteryear, with only two rooms, one large and one smaller. The environment is intimate and friendly, perfect for spending a Sunday with the family. There is no shortage of popular films or more niche ones.

Cinema Fiamma Firenze

Cinema Marconi
Viale Donato Giannotti, 45/r
ph: 055 685199

Cinema Marconi is a neighborhood cinema, with an old style charm, which has been able to renew itself and adapt over time without losing its identity. Three large and comfortable halls frame an intimate environment that for the inhabitants of the neighborhood Gavinana is now a real landmark. The programming is always varied and allows you to always find the film you are looking for, while the bar entertains the projection with chips and popcorn.

Cinema Marconi Firenze

Cinema Multisala Adriano
Via Giandomenico Romagnosi, 46
ph: 055 483607

Historical cinema of Florence opened in April 1955 with "Le ragazze di San Frediano" by Valerio Zurlini and based on a novel by Vasco Pratolini. Until its transformation into a multiplex, it was the largest cinema in Florence! Built from the beginning to be a cinema, its amphitheater shape allows an excellent view from every seat. In the summer of 2000 the place was renovated to accommodate two comfortable rooms, the Ruby room and the Sapphire room, equipped with all comforts. Between 2010 and 2012 these were digitized, in particular the Sapphire Room which is now equipped with a 3D system on a high performance screen with disposable glasses.

Cinema Adriano Firenze

Cinema Spazio Uno
Via del Sole, 10
ph: 055 284642

Spazio Uno tells about Cinema with a capital "C" every day through a formula tested over the years: a program that extends non-stop seven days a week from 16:00 until midnight. Every day two to three different films are scheduled. All the films screened by Spazio Uno are the result of a shared and careful selection in line with the film themes of the moment. All the arthouse cinema declined at 360 ° with the highest quality.

Cinema Spazio Uno Firenze

Spazio Alfieri Cinema Teatro Bistrò
Via dell'Ulivo, 8
ph: 055 532 0840

More than a cinema, it is a space where people and the arts can meet and exchange ideas in the heart of Florence: cinema, theater, music, gastronomy, design and visual arts. It always has a detailed program of events and reviews with appointments also in the afternoon and films in original language, a real place of contamination of art and different languages.

Spazio Alfieri Firenze

Cinema Principe
Viale Giacomo Matteotti
ph: 055 578327

Few rooms, an intimate and silent environment. The Principe cinema, located near Piazza della Libertà, is one of the few cinemas in the city center that preserves the pleasure of a "classic" film viewing. It is not only suitable for nostalgic people but also for all those who want to fully immerse themselves in the stories of the big screen. Its programming is interesting and well cared for, with a preference for the most sought after and acclaimed titles, with particular attention to Italian cinema.

Cinema Principe Firenze

Cinema Flora Atelier
Piazza Dalmazia, 2r
055 4220420

Born on January 1, 1914 in Piazza Dalmazia, in the popular district of Rifredi, the Cinema Flora Atelier has retained that vintage atmosphere of cinema of the early '900, and with its projections can still vibrate in the air all that magic of the past.

Cinema Flora Atelier Firenze

Cinema Stensen
Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 25c
ph: 055 576551

A cinema, but also a library, a conference room and a multicultural venue, the Stensen Foundation is a truly unique place. Since 1963 it has been organizing events, conferences, film festivals and much more. It is a place of confrontation that is inspired by the methodology of Nicolò Stenone, a 17th century Danish physician and geologist. It always has a quality program, including documentaries and films in original language.

Cinema Stensen Firenze

Cinema Multisala Il Portico
Via Capo di Mondo, 66
ph: 055 669930

Ideal place for those looking for a traditional cinema where you can breathe the flavor of the rooms of the past. It is located in the Campo di Marte area and is a historic place in the city, renovated and adapted to modern times with two digitized rooms: the Blue Room with 540 seats and the Green Room that can accommodate up to 166 spectators. There is no shortage of arthouse films and the best family films.

Cinema Il Portico Firenze

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