There are over 20 cinemas and film clubs (FKs) located in Bratislava. Most of them are traditional medium-size cinemas with one screen. However, during the last decade three new cinemas have opened inside some of Bratislava's main shopping centres.
The most prevalent movies in Bratislava are those that you would find in any other major city throughout the world with the dominant portion coming from Hollywood. That being said, many of the more sought after films are usually shown in Bratislava with some delay after their first premiere abroad. The Majority of the films here are subtitled, so foreigners will not have a problem with Slovak dubbing.
Bratislava Cinema and Movie Club Schedules Information
A good database of cultural activities in Slovakia can be found at www.bkis.sk/en/kultura-v-bratislave/news/2. The website provides information about various premieres, festivals, concerts, expositions and other cultural events in Slovakia. Unfortunatley not all of the information conatined on the site is in English so a little bit of site surfing may be necessary to find what you're looking for.
Other web pages such as www.kamvyrazit.szm.sk/bratislava and www.cinemanet.sk have lists of various movies with times and locations however these sites are strictly in Slovak. Another source of information about cinema schedules and other kinds of cultural events in Bratislava are informational guides that are handed out freely in Bratislava: Club Agenda, Propeller and "Kam do mesta" (Where to Go in the City). Most of these guides are also in Slovak.
Multiplex and Mall Cinemas
These cinemas were opened during the last five years in some of Bratislava's main shopping centres. They have multiple screens, comfortable seats and regular services ( popcorn and candy ). Multiplex cinemas are the most popular cinemas in Bratislava and are usually showing the 10 latest commercial movies with over 40 movie projections per day. Multiplexes capitalize on their location within shopping centers due to the numerous shops and restaurants close by.
Prices at the major cinemas are the highest in Bratislava, with admissions fees from |3.50| to |8| per ticket. Multiplex cinemas offer special discounted tickets for children and students. Special ticket packages for families are also available. Bratislava multiplexes are located in shopping malls outside of the city centre.
Palace Cinemas at Polus, Eurovea and Aupark
AuPark, Einsteinova 18, 851 01 Bratislava
Polus City Center, Vajnorska 100, 831 03 Bratislava
Multiplexes at both the Aupark Shopping Centre on the South bank of the river Danube (12 screens) and the Polus City Centre (8 screens) on the North bank are operated by Palace Cinemas. Admission fee: |4.50|-|8|.
You can book tickets on-line at Palace Cinemas homepage or by telephone at +421 2 68 20 22 22.
Traditional cinemas were built during the last 25-40 years, but some of them have undergone extensive renovations in recent years. Before the arrival of new multiplex cinemas these established cinemas were the backbone of the Bratislava cinema scene. Many of them are facing financial problems due to stiff competition of multiplexes and find it still more difficult to attract ordinary cinema-goers.
Tickets are somewhat cheaper in these cinemas than in new multiplexes. They also offer discounted prices for children. Their main advantage is location and asthetic. Traditional cinemas are located throughout the wider Bratislava region however a few are located in the city center.
Hviezdoslavovo nám. 17, 811 02 Bratislava
This cinema is the most centrally located in Bratislava with its location right in the heart of downtown. Mladost is a member of the Europa Cinemas Network committed to showing a significant share of quality non-domestic European films. Tickets can be reserved by telephone at 02/54 43 50 03.
Karloveská 32, 841 04 Bratislava
This cinema offers 398 seats! Reservations can be made one or two days prior to performance. Admission fee: |3| per adult.
Okruzna ul. 1 (Trnávka), 821 04 Bratislava, Tel.: +421 2 4342 5443
Cinemas presently not in service:
Nám. 1. maja 5, 811 06 Bratislava
Tatra cinema is located in the building of Hotel Tatra, near cinema Hviezda. Tickets can be reserved every day between 1 pm and 9 pm at +421 2 592 72 151.
Trnavské mýto 1, 831 04 Bratislava, +421 2 50 22 82 41
Sutazna 18, 821 08 Bratislava
Detvianska 1, 831 06 Bratislava
Kino DK Ruzinov
Ružinovská 28, 821 01 Bratislava
Nám. 1. mája 11, 811 06 Bratislava, Tel.: +421 2 52 96 74 71
Art cinemas, film clubs
Smaller film clubs show alternative movies, usually in venues within schools. They show various kinds of non-commercial, alternative, vintage, documentary, and art student films. Admission fees are the most reasonable in these venues than in the main commercial cinemas of Bratislava. Ofcourse these cinemas can also offer an atmosphere that you can't find in any of the commercial cinemas as well.
Starohorska ul. 2, 811 07 Bratislava
This club is popular with students and is located inside the assembly hall of the Faculty of Engineering which is part of the Slovak University of Technologies. Tickets can be booked by phone at +421 2 5296 171.
Saratovska ul. 2/A (DK Dubravka), 841 02 Bratislava, Tel.: +421 2 6436 5640
Igric film club is located within the Community Cultural Center Dubravka. Admission fee: |2| per adult.
Spitalska ul. 4, 811 08 Bratislava, Tel.: +421 2 5296 8994
Artkino and Film Club FK "Za Zrkadlom"
Rovniankova ul. 3, 851 02 Bratislava, Tel.: +421 2 6383 6764
Every performance begins at 8:00 pm. Admission fee: |2|-|3|
Artkino, Film Club and Kino Lúky
Viglasska 1, tel.: +421 2 6382 3930
Performances are shown on Sundays (Kino), Tuesdays (FK) and Wednesdays (Artkino). Admission fee: |1|-|2|
Film activities in Bratislava
There are various cultural events involving film in Bratislava throughout the year. Autumn is traditionally one of the busiest times as the Bratislava International Film Festival takes place. In addition there are several specialized festivals such as Febio Fest, Ekotopfilm, and One World. You can find information on the dates of these film festivals in the Bratislava Event Calendar.