If you just can’t wait to see a newly released movie, or if you need a couple of hours to unwind after a month or so backpacking in Peru, you’ll find plenty of excellent cinemas in Lima.
New movies normally arrive in Lima fairly soon after being released in the United States. Before buying a ticket for an English-language movie, always check it's in English with Spanish subtitles (subtitulado) or dubbed into Spanish (doblado).
Animated movies and movies for kids are normally dubbed into Spanish.
Ticket prices tend to be lowest at the beginning of the week (Monday to Wednesday) and more expensive from Friday to Sunday. Prices tend to range from about S/.8 (US$3) to S/.15 ($5.50), but significantly more for 3D screenings.
Below are some of the largest cinema chains in Lima (some of which also have cinemas in other major cities in Peru).
- Cinemark (www.cinemark-peru.com) -- Cinemark has a handful of cinemas in Lima, as well as theaters in Trujillo, Arequipa and Piura, all of which have multiple screens (including 3D). Cinemark Jockey Plaza is one of the best cinemas in Lima.
- Cine Planet (www.cineplanet.com.pe) -- A chain with 12 cinemas in Lima and 12 more outside the capital. Standards are not always consistent between Cine Planet cinemas, often reflecting the surrounding location (high standards in affluent areas and vice versa). Cine Planet cinemas often take part in the annual Lima Film Festival in August.
- Cinerama (www.cinerama.com.pe) -- If you’re staying in Miraflores, then Cinerama “El Pacifico” is a handy option right near the upper corner of Parque Central (attached to Parque Kennedy). Other Cinerama theaters are located in Callao, Cajamarca, Ica, Tarapoto and Chimbote.
- Cinestar (www.cinestar.com.pe) -- Various theaters in Lima, as well as in Iquitos, Chimbote and Pucallpa. Generally considered good but not great.
- UVK Multicines (www.uvkmulticines.com) -- There are a few UVK Multicines in Lima, but none more famous than the one located in the Larcomar shopping center. The trying-so-hard-to-be-trendy seafront shopping complex won’t appeal to all traveler tastes, but the cinema is top class. And there’s bowling next door.