To relive your favorite movies of all times on a big screen and for an ideal price: 2€ for students and the option to buy a 10 movies ticket for 15€.
It is fantastic. There are series of great directors, live music... Every month the new program is out.
The Cineteca is an independent theater based in the Matadero, a one-time slaughterhouse which has been converted into Madrid’s premier cultural hub. There are two things which make the Cineteca stand out among all of the cinemas in the Spanish capital. Firstly, it’s the only theater in Spain devoted exclusively to non-fiction films (in other words, documentaries). Secondly, the cinema’s interior of metal mesh and tube lighting is one of the more unique and striking cinema decorations I’ve ever seen.
As I said, they show exclusively documentaries, both national and international. When I went, we saw a documentary about the chefs from Celler de Can Roca (the world’s best restaurant at the time), touring South America and opening up pop-up restaurants. It was an interesting and inspiring watch and, at only 3.50 euros, a budget-friendly one too. The only downside I can think of is that they don’t serve popcorn! However, the Cineteca is right around the corner from the Cantina, the Matadero’s slow-food cafe, so you have a place to go for some drinks and discussion after the film. If you want to see what’s one, just check out the Matadero’s website. All in all, great choice if you’re looking for something different to do in Madrid.
Cuartel by City Lights is an amazing multi-disciplinary space which takes place in the vast interior courtyards of the Conde Duque Cultural Center (it was once a military barracks so you can get an idea of the massive parade-sized interior plazas). Cuartel by City Light's main claim to fame is that of an al-fresco summer cinema during the months of July, August, and September. In the evenings, massive screens are erected and chairs are set out so that the public can enjoy a mix of recent blockbusters and timeless classics under the clear Madrid sky.
However, Cuartel by City Lights isn't just an outdoor cinema. They also have a sprawling and stylishly-decorated terrace area full of shaded tables and benches for moviegoers and the public in general to come and have drinks and light tapas in the torchlight. They occasionally put on themed culinary nights and benefits which have, in the past, drawn the likes of Spain's top Michelin-starred chefs.
Outdoor cinema is a classic summertime tradition in Madrid and Cuartel by City Lights is by far my favorite place to experience it. Make sure to order your tickets ahead of time on the cinema's website and check out the calendar for special nights when they show creature features, musicals (tons of cringe-inducing fun when the entire audience sings along), and other special events.