A quick primer when looking at the movie listings:

dt (deutsch) — the film is shown in German

engl (englisch) — the film is shown in English

OV — Original version - whatever that might be

OmdtU (Original mit dt. Untertitel)original language with subtitles in German

englisches Original mit dt. Untertiteln — English with German subtitles

französisches Original mit dt. Untertiteln — French with German subtitles etc.

Movies and more

Karlsruhe is home to some great independent cinemas.

Popcorn — ask for salzig (salty) if you want US style popcorn — otherwise it will be sweet.

Tuesday is movie night with reduced prices at the commercial movie centers.


The Karlsruhe Kinemathek is a fantastic art house cinema (Studio 3 in the Kurbel complex), tucked behind the main drag of Kaiserstr. between Marktplatz and Europaplatz. Movies shown based on themes such as country of origin, director, cinematic movement, era  — in many different languages — preferably in the original language with German subtitles. The film group behind the movie theater has been around over 40 years and is dedicated to the wonders of cinema.

The Schauburg shows both main stream and independent films, sometimes in English. Every Wednesday at 9 p.m. is the English Sneak Preview. A movie is shown before the general release. You find out what it is when the movie starts. You may be asked to comment on the film afterwards. Live streaming from the Met in NYC and the Bolshoi is available periodically. Look at the Schauburg website for more info. In the summer, the Schauburg presents a series of Open Air Movies at Schloss Gottesaue — with both classic films and new releases shown in a beer-garden atmosphere - all in German.

The Filmpalast am ZKM and Universum CIty show most films in German, but occasionally show Hollywood blockbusters in English.

Movie Talk at the  American Library meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Classics, should-be classics and films you might have missed are shown followed by a discussion in English. Each featured flick comes from the library’s own collection and is aired in the original language (with English subtitles). Free of charge — donations cheerfully accepted. Due to the very complicated nature of licensing laws, the names of the films are not allowed to be published on-line, so pick up a flyer or call the American Library for details (0721) 7 27 52.