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The Arthouse Alba belongs to the Arthouse chain of cinemas dotted all over central Zürich. The name of this chain says it all: Arthouse cater to the less ordinary cinema lover. They show many foreign movies in their original languages as well as local films and arty or alternative - often low-budget - productions. The Alba is close to many old town bars and restaurants. Even if the narrow lobby doesn't show it, Alba is one of the larger Arthouse cinemas and is fitted with a modern sound system. Drinks and snacks are on offer at the kiosk. Tickets for Alba movies can be bought at any Arthouse cinema.
Grosser Saal or the Great Hall in Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo is a hall filled with entertaining shows. This hall has a contemporary decor and modern installations like the big screen projectors with many audio equipments. All said, an array of enthralling performances are what await you at Dynamo's Grosser Saal. To access this place, just hop on to a tram at Beckenhof.
This innovative theater in the old-town was established in 1965 and often shows experimental plays in which the spectators become part of the action. Some of the plays are performed on a 'pay-what-you-can-afford' basis, catering to culturally interested people who might otherwise not be able to afford a night at the theater. Theater Neumarkt holds around 200 visitors, but all the chairs are mobile and that opens up even more flexibility for creative performances.
By visiting Cabaret Voltaire, one can learn about the anarchic art movement called Dadaism that originated in this house at the start of the 20th Century. Initiated by prominent artists of the time such as Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, the activity, whose artists mostly belonged to countries embroiled in war, propagated strong views against the on-going World War I. After years of neglect, Cabaret Voltaire stands reinvigorated by the pioneers of self-proclaimed neo-Dadaists, who continued the tradition of the building by organizing various art exhibitions, poetry readings, theater performances and more. Pick a book or a piece of art from the small store housed inside. The venue also comprises a cafe where one can sip a cup of coffee and discuss the works of famous artists like Mark Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky and Guillaume Apollinaire who all were associated with Cabaret Voltaire.
Want to experience the true essence of theater with great performances, then head to Keller 62. This small quaint theater is located in a basement offers compelling shows that are intriguing. You can book tickets online on their site or buy the ticket at the venue.
The Arthouse Movie 1 & 2 belongs to the Arthouse chain of cinemas dotted all over central Zürich. The name of this chain says it all: Arthouse caters to the less ordinary cinema lover. It shows many foreign movies in their original languages as well as local films and arty or alternative - often low-budget - productions. Movie 1 & 2 is hidden amongst old tall town houses and initially you can't imagine how two cinemas can fit into the building. The cinema is also surrounded by many good cafés. Tickets for films can be bought at any Arthouse cinema.
Theaterhaus Gessnerallee is a premier performance space in Zurich. Opened in 1989, this theater is renowned for its fringe acts by local and regional theater groups. It also hosts international shows, festivals and themed events.
Hafenkneipe, on any given night of the week, is home to performances by rock bands, singer-songwriters and other performers. See website for photos, event schedule and more.
For those in the know, el Lokal has a little bit of everything. Food, music, sport, culture -- it's all here. See website for entertainment calendar and more.
Apart from classical performances in the large hall, the Schauspielhaus Pfauen, also has a smaller stage where it puts on modern plays. The Schauspielhaus was built in between 1888 and 1889 and is one of Switzerland's largest theatrical stage. It puts on around 14 new productions each year and has been the venue for many renowned playwrights to showcase their work.
Das Zelt Theaterzelt (tent) set up along Zeughausstrasse in central Zurich, is a temporary venue regularly playing host to performances by touring circus troupes, bands and even local celebrations.
The Arthouse Nord-Süd belongs to the Arthouse chain of cinemas dotted all over central Zürich. The name of this chain says it all: Arthouse caters to the less ordinary cinema lover. It shows many foreign movies in their original languages as well as local films and arty or alternative - often low-budget - productions. Right next to the Nord-Süd is an Italian restaurant where you can meet for a meal before or after the cinema. Tickets for movies at Nord-Süd can be bought at any Arthouse cinema.