Top Choice Cinema in Addis Ababa

Alliance Éthio-Française d’Addis-Abeba

As is almost always the case with French cultural centres, this centre hosts an exciting and diverse range of art-house films, experimental theatre, gallery exhibitions, opera and world music. There’s also a French-…
Cinema in Zanzibar Town

Hurumzini Movie Café

Come for coffee, a meal or a movie – or all three. With comfortable sofas, funky decor and an imaginative menu (snacks from Tsh3000; meals Tsh9000 to Tsh15,000), this is a great little place. Swing by during the day…
Cinema in Zanzibar Town


The gap left by the closure of the much-loved Cine Afrique has been filled by the even-more delightful Zancinema. Owned and run by a local movie enthusiast, it shows a wide range of films from Hollywood to Bollywood…
Cinema in Asmara

Cinema Impero

The eye-catching Cinema Impero from the late 1930s is made up of three massive windows that combine strong vertical and horizontal elements with 45 porthole lamps. This is one of the only historic cinemas in town th…
Cinema in Gardens & Surrounds


A Capetonian treasure and lifeline to the independent movie fan, the four-screen Labia is named after the old Italian ambassador and local philanthropist Count Labia. Their African Screen program is one of the rare …
Cinema in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Galileo Open Air Cinema

From November to April, this open-air cinema sets up shop on Thursday nights to screen classic and crowd-pleasing movies on the croquet lawn next to the Dock House Hotel. Sadly, you're not allowed to bring your own …
Cinema in Johannesburg


This cool independent cinema in the heart of Maboneng hosts international film festivals, shows throwback movies and airs provocative documentaries. Sit back and relax in old car seats and enjoy the movie. On Sunday…
Cinema in La Marsa


More than just a cinema, this local cultural space offers up regular art exhibitions as well as music and comedy nights. The leafy courtyard cafe is often home to Tunisian students who come to finish their essays, c…
Cinema in Prince Albert


Starting its life as a car showroom in the 1930s, this marvellous art deco building has been reincarnated as a cinema. Movies are shown on Wednesday evenings and there are often live shows on weekends. Even if nothi…
Cinema in Tangier

Cinema Rif

In this fine, well-restored art-deco building you’ll find both indie and mainstream films, mostly American, Moroccan, Spanish or French (with Spanish and American films typically dubbed into Arabic).