tucked away on piazza strozzi, right behind the palazzo strozzi and amidst big brand names like armani, there lies a fabulous theatre which has been reconverted into a cinema: the odeon cinema. and lo and behold, it shows foreign films in original version.

the tickets were 6 euros (long were the days when cinemas in london were that cheap), the seats deep, wide and velvety, the room grand and slightly echo-y. and whilst i did not get any last night when i went there to watch ken loach’s deeply politicised film the spirit of 45, there seemed to be pop corn and – yes, that’s right – a bar. a real bar with alcohol.

so, if like me you love going to the cinema to watch a film in a foreign city, this will be a hugely useful find. the movie selection is mixed, from block buster hits to more arty flicks.


cinema teatro odeon

piazza strozzi

i’d even watch the new jennifer anniston movie just to sit in those seats.


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