Top ChoiceEntertainment in Southern Canal RingPathé Tuschinskitheater
This fantastical cinema, with a facade that's a prime example of the Amsterdam School of architecture, is worth visiting for its sumptuous art deco interior alone. The grote zaal (main auditorium) is the most stunning; it generally screens blockbusters, while the smaller theatres play art-house and indie films. Visit the interior on an audio tour (€10) when films aren't playing. The interiors were returned to their former glory at the turn of the century; the Wurlitzer organ has also been restored. An orchestra once accompanied film screenings, and Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland have performed live here. The cinema was built by Abraham Tuschinski, a Polish Jewish immigrant. He and most of his family were murdered in Nazi concentration camps, and the cinema was renamed 'Tivoli'. After the war it returned to its original name.