Film fanatics will be glad to hear that even in Santiago, Chile, you can find films in English with Spanish-language subtitles as well as Spanish versions, traditional cinemas, discounted film tickets and even luxurious movie theatres where you can put your legs up and relax as though you were in the comfort of your own home.
The Costanera Centre boasts the tallest building in South America as well as a wide variety of shops and is Santiago’s biggest shopping mall. Above the food court is Cineplanet, where you can watch Spanish and international films in English, or opt for subtitulado (subtitled), doblado (dubbed) or 3D versions of select films.
El Biógrafo, Lastarria
Located in the heart of Lastarria on José Victorino Lastarria is El Biógrafo, where you won’t find your usual list of popular mainstream films but a handpicked collection of either cultural films aiming to educate and inspire or international films, such as Loving Vincent (2017) from France, The Dinner (2014) from Italy, Paradise (2017) from Russia and The Open Door (2016) from Spain.
Cine Arte El Biógrafo, José Victorino Lastarria 181, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2633 4435
Cine Arte Alameda, Lastarria
Since its opening in 1992, Cine Arte Alameda has showcased a collection of the best films in Chile’s national and international cinema ranging from independent to foreign to LGBT+ productions. The main theatre has about 300 seats and is sometimes used for live performances and the more intimate 27-seat theatre will make you feel like you’re at home.
CineHoyts, multiple locations
CineHoyts screens all the major Hollywood blockbusters, though a little later than other countries, and Santiago enjoys some of the biggest films, whether in the original language with subtitles or in Spanish. At selected CineHoyts cinemas—including the Parque Arauco, Plaza Egaña and Mall Plaza Los Dominicos—you can upgrade your cinema experience to Premium for larger screens, more special effects and reclining chairs where you can have food delivered to your seat.
Cine Arte Normandie in downtown
Cine Arte Normandie has been part of Santiago’s cultural heritage for the last 30 years and is found right in the heart of Santiago. It screens classic films as well as premiering international cinema, both of which have cultural and aesthetic values. Discounted tickets are always offered for students, and on Wednesdays for the general public.
Tarapacá 1181, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile, +56 2 2697 2979
Cinemark, multiple locations
With cinemas across South America, the United States, Taiwan and 18 locations only in Santiago, Cinemark offer great quality films and sound effects. You can choose between its 3D rooms, or the XD and Premier rooms. The XD rooms have Extreme Digital Cinema with extra large screens and the best resolution quality to provide a great experience. Cinemark often offers coupons for discounted tickets, so keep an eye out.
Cine A Luka, Vicuña Mackenna
Head to a Cine A Luka event where you’ll find bargain prices for a number of films (dependent on the night): from Hollywood classics to Spanish and Chilean films, children’s films and Japanese anime (which is extremely popular in Chile). For a cheaper entry you can write your name on the cinema’s Facebook event wall.