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Stage & Screen


Original language movies are popular in the Ruhr Metropolis. Films available to expats are screened mostly in original with subtitles, known as OmU or Original mit Untertitel and without, portrayed as OV or Original Version in a number of movie theatres.

Several opportunities are available for film lovers to view OV and OmU movies and films in Duisburg, Dortmund, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hamm, Hagen, Oberhausen in the Ruhr region as well as Wuppertal. Run times may be short due to a limited number of original and subtitled copies in circulation. Traditionally smaller audiences too.

Some films produced in English are screened for several days and even a few weeks. Others unfortunately just for a day or two. Weekly updates of movie listings of theatres are in the table. Cinema details, contact information and links in the posts below. Please confirm details!

Having worked together with Filmkunstkinos and with support from Henkel to increase OmU availability in Düsseldorf years ago, this is dear to my heart. That said, due to focus on strategic areas of business, weekly listings published on Amazing Capitals have now ceased. Please refer to the cinemas directly using links in the individual posts below.


The popularity of cinema has flourished in Germany since the genre’s beginnings. Early film productions became classics, while movie theatres sprouted across the country. To expats’ delight, several cinemas offer original English language movies in the Ruhr Metropolis.

These diverse, cosy and more traditional movie theatres include Babylon in Hagen, Casablanca, Endstation and Metropolis in Bochum, Filmforum in Duisburg, Lichtburg in Oberhausen as well as Schauburg in Dortmund.


The cinemas of Essener Filmkunsttheater and Lichtburg have been gathered together under the banner of Filmspiegel Essen to offer movies to audiences in the heart of the Ruhr Metropolis. Expats can enjoy many art house films and selected blockbuster movies in original English, many of which are screened with German subtitles.

Their diverse, cosy and more traditional movie theatres include Astra, Luna, Eulenspiegel, Galerie, Glückauf, Rio, Sabu and Lichtburg.

Kettwiger Strasse 36
45127 Essen
+49 201 231 023​


CineStar offers relaxed multiplex movie theatres across the Ruhr Metropolis. A few show films in the original version, OV, English language. Mostly blockbuster movies are screened in DortmundHagenOberhausen and Remscheid.

The movie theatres contain several cinemas with screens of various sizes and a varying number of seats. The experience can, of course, include traditional popcorn and soft drinks.

Mühlenbrücke 9
23552 Lübeck
+49 451 703 0200


The Cinemaxx group of cinemas screens a regular selection of films in original version, OV, or original with subtitles, OmU across the Ruhr Metropolis. Movies, most of which are blockbusters, have been shown on screens in EssenHammMülheim and Wuppertal.

Multiplex movie theatres contain several cinemas with screens of various sizes, a variety of audience sizes and typical atmosphere. Soft drinks and traditional popcorn are naturally on offer.

Valentinskamp 18-20
20354 Hamburg
+49 40 808 069 69


The multiplex screens of UCI Kinowelt show mostly blockbuster movies, thus fortunately presenting expats with further opportunities to view films in the original English language version. Some are accompanied by subtitles, OmU, others are not, OV.

The movie theatres in Bochum and Duisburg contains several screens of various sizes and offers typical multiplex goodies such as popcorn and soft drinks.

Hammer Strasse 29-31
40219 Düsseldorf
+49 211 300 853 85

Socialising in the Ruhr

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.