in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Kriterion was originally a student organisation involved in hiding and protecting Jews from the Nazis during WWII. In 1945 the group opened this cinema to provide employment for students unable to complete their studies. Today it's still going strong, with a great array of art-house premieres, classics and kids flicks, plus there's a cafe-bar. Check the website for English-language screenings.