Nice has five theaters regularly showing films in English…
First of all, to get a quick list of what’s playing where in English, click on the Anglo-Info English Language Cinema Listing,
The Mercury The oldest cinema in Nice (1911), the Mercury is also the quirkiest. Tucked in the corner of Place Garibaldi, this art-house cinema features a wide range of indie, cult, foreign, documentary and just genuinely eclectic programming on three screens, and all in original language. Around 35 films a week screen on a rotating schedule, which means that each film runs a just a few times a week, so check the schedule. The shows usually starts right on time with no previews or ads, so be prompt! Tickets are 7.50€, but just 5€ on Monday, and always for seniors over 60 and for students.
The Cinémathèque In this age of rising ticket prices and shrinking screens, The Cinémathèque shows big films on the screen size they were made for… And best of all, the ticket price is also a throwback to an earlier era: 2€ gets you a yearly membership, then each movie ticket will only set you back 2.50€ (or just 2€ if you buy a card for 5 screenings!) The films are chosen based on several monthly themes that can range from classics, genres, countries, topics, or specific directors or actors. The films run on a rotating monthly schedule and usually will only show 1-3 times, then they’re gone. The Cinémathèque is located in the Acropolis complex (next to the bowling alley, for more retro fun).
The Rialto, just up the street from Le Negresco, shows first-run films as well as indies, documentaries and art house films in their original language. Tickets are 7.50€, but tickets are discounted to 6€ on Mondays, always for seniors (over 60) and students, always for the first show of the day, and for the last Tuesday night showing of a film at the end of its run.
Most crowded mainstream multiplexes in Nice usually show their Hollywood blockbusters dubbed in French, but two of them, the Cinema Varietes and the Pathe Massena are now showing more and more of their films in the original language; just look for the V.O. after the title (V.O. = version original). These multiplexes are crowded and the ticket lines can be long, but as there are always 10-20 minutes of ads and trailers, don’t panic if you’re running late. Cinema Varietes is at 5 blvd Victor Hugo (tickets 9.50€, 6€ for students and seniors), and Pathe Massena (tickets are a whopping 12€! …but less for students and seniors, and kids under 14 are just 4.50€), is on avenue Jean Medecin just across from the Nice Etoile shopping center. Tram stop for both is Jean Medecin.
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Photo Credit: Rialto by Phil Lowe licensed under Creative Commons