On either side of the Southern Canal Ring, the nightlife centres of Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein throng with people and buzz with a party atmosphere. You'll be spoilt for choice with live music venues and nightclubs featuring big-name DJs. On Leidseplein, the grand Stadsschouwburg theatre stages major plays and festivals; smaller theatres and cinemas are scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

Amsterdam's Most Beautiful Cinema

Walking past Pathé Tuschinskitheater, it's not uncommon to stop, stand and stare at this most spectacular of cinemas. An Amsterdam landmark, it was built by Abraham Tuschinski, a Polish Jewish immigrant who had arrived in Holland at the beginning of the 20th century. Formerly in the cinema trade in Rotterdam, Tuschinski constructed the edifice at a cost of four million guilders, completing it in 1921.

The mammoth auditorium, with seats for 1200, was modelled on an opera house, with two big balconies on either side: it had not been taken into consideration that to view a cinema screen, the audience would have to face the front, rather than look from the side.

The cinema was a huge success, but the dark days of German occupation threw a shadow across the city. Tuschinski and most of his family were murdered in Nazi concentration camps, and the cinema renamed 'Tivoli'. After the war, it returned to its original name.

The theatre was also used as a music venue, hosting performers including Fats Domino, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. Films were accompanied by a live orchestra until 1969.

After restoration at the turn of the century, the interiors were returned to their original splendour; the Wurlitzer organ, installed in 1940, has also been restored.