English-language Cinema in Mexico City
Information on how to find full listings of what's showing at the movies today in Mexico City, and where to find your nearest cinema...
The majority of movies in Mexico City play in one of two large multiplex chains: Cinemex and Cinépolis. Most films are available in both English and Spanish, but individual movie theaters may not offer both.
Movie listings for foreign-language films indicate the screening language in the following ways:
- “Inglés” or “Eng”: In English
- “Dob”: Dubbed into Spanish
- “Sub”: In the film’s original language with Spanish subtitles (this does not guarantee that the audio will be in English). Many foreign movies will be shown in the original language; this will be noted in the movie description.
Children’s movies are generally dubbed. However, many theaters will run children’s movies in the original language as well as the dubbed versions in the first few weeks after their release.
- To find out about a film and its language, use the title search option of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Movie listings for the cinema chains can be found on their websites (in Spanish) which allow for refined searches and comparisons of movie features in multiple theaters. Listings can also be found in several online guides (in Spanish) including:
- Entucine.com – includes listings for film festivals and independent theaters, searchable by movie, area, and cinema; provides search filters for theater type
- Cines de Mexico – searchable by theater or movie, with limited coverage of independent theaters
Both the Cinemex and Cinépolis cinema chains offer a range of theater options, including VIP movie cinemas with reclining seats and food service, ‘4D’ theaters with motion effects seating, and child- or baby-friendly theaters with play areas and reduced volumes. Most cinemas are located in shopping malls with easy access to taxi stands (sitios), parking structures, and valet parking.
In addition to the multiplex chains, there are a number of independent theaters and film clubs in Mexico City. These tend to be smaller cinemas with only a few screens but occasionally movies are screened at non-traditional venues such as restaurants, galleries and open-spaces. Generally, foreign or art films are featured.
Movie listings for independent cinemas are best obtained through their websites as these are often not included in movie guides. Frequently, there is no indication of the screening language, but generally films are shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles. It is advisable to contact the cinema directly to confirm the screening language.
Occasionally, English-language movie screenings are arranged by various cultural organizations, and also by embassies.
Facilities for people with reduced mobility remain uneven in Mexico City, and many theaters (or the malls in which they are located) may not be fully accessible. Where the theater is in a shopping mall there will normally be lifts to the cinema floor, and theaters can usually cater for people in wheelchairs. It is advisable to contact individual cinemas directly for information about accessibility.
The Cinemex website (in Spanish) provides detailed information about movie theater locations, show times, language, theater type, and movie format. Tickets may be reserved or purchased online (by clicking on the movie time) or at the cinema. In 2013 Cinemex acquired the Cinemark chain, and a number of Cinemex theaters may still be referred to by other online or print sources as Cinemark theaters.
- The Cinemex website (in Spanish) includes a list of movie theaters organized by area, including address and links to individual box offices.
The Cinemex website (in Spanish) includes movie listings by location in Mexico City, with details of all films being screened.
Cinemex offers a number of theater types and movie formats:
- Platino: includes a separate box office and lobby with gourmet food options and a bar, assigned seating, leather recliners, and food and drink service to the seat
- Premium: offers larger seats, assigned seating, and food service to the seat
- CinemeXtremo: offers larger screens, surround sound, and wrap-around seating
- X4D: offers motion-effects seating with environmental effects including odors and air blasts
- 3D: available in Platinum, Premium, CinemeXtermo, and X4D theaters
- CineMá: baby-friendly theaters offering reduced volumes, low air-conditioning, and ambient lighting
- Casa de Arte: features art house and independent films
The Cinépolis website (in Spanish) provides detailed information about theater locations, show times, language, and theater type. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. Tickets may be reserved or purchased online (by clicking on the movie time) or at the cinema.
The Cinépolis website includes a list of all movies playing in a particular area of the city, organized by theater, with complete details of all films (websites in Spanish).
Cinépolis offers a number of theater types and movie formats:
- Cinépolis VIP: includes a separate box office and lobby with gourmet food options and a bar, assigned seating, leather recliners, and food and drink service at your seat
- Macro XE: offers an extra-large digital screen, surround sound, and 3D
- 4DX: offers motion effects seating, complete with environmental effects including odors and air blasts
- IMAX: large format screens and high resolution films
- Sala Junior: child-friendly theater with a play area, ball-room, and specialized seating
- Sala de Arte: features art house and independent films
Independent Movie Theaters and Film Clubs
Popular independent theaters in Mexico City include:
- Cine Tonalá
At: Tonalá 261, Roma
Tel: (55) 5264 4101
- Cineclub Condesa
At: Veracruz 102, Condesa
Tel: (55) 5256 3167
- Centro Cultural Universitario
At: Insurgentes Sur 3000, Ciudad Universitaria
Tel: (55) 5622 6950
- Cineteca National
At: Av. México Coyoacán 389, Col. Xoco, Benito Juárez
Tel: (55) 4155 1190 (box office)
At: Presidente Carranza 93, Col. Del Valle, Coyoacan
Tel: (55) 6388 5509
Filmoteca – films are screened at one of two theaters, noted below. Movie schedules can be viewed on the theater websites or from the Filmoteca website (in Spanish, click on “Cartelera Digital” for film schedule)
- Coordinación de Difusión Cultural
At: Ciudad Universitaria, Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, Del. Coyoacán
- Cinematógrafo del Chopo
At: Dr. Enrique González Martínez 10, Santa María La Ribera
Tel: (55) 5546 3471
Other Movie Screenings
English-language films are occasionally screened by cultural or business organizations, including:
- Anglo Arts (click on “English” in the top right corner to access the English schedule)
- British Council
- Ben Franklin Library (Embassy of the United States) (in Spanish)
- Canadian Embassy (in Spanish)