In Italy, films tend to be dubbed from their original language into Italian. There are however some cinemas that play movies in their original language and feature Italian subtitles. For those of you traveling from an English-speaking country, we’ve listed a few of the best ways to find out about when English movies are playing in Rome!
There is one small cinema with only 2 screens just off Via Del Corso (close to the Trevi Fountain) called Nuovo Olimpia. This cinema features films only in their original language. The cinema plays films in a variety of languages so it’s best to visit their site and see what films are playing. Monday nights are the best time to find movies in their original language, there are a few cinemas that only play English films on these days. Alcazar Cinema and Nuovo Sacher Cinema, owned by the famous Italian director Nanni Moretti, are both located in Trastevere and play English movies on Mondays. When looking for a film online, you should look out for the abbreviation VO (versione originale) which will tell you that the movie is playing in its original language.
Occasionally during the summer there are outdoor cinema events in Villa Borghese which play movies in English. There are two websites that update the listing of English films weekly. One site, In Rome Now, also lists upcoming live musical performances and art exhibitions in the city. The other site, Romeing, updates their site weekly with listings of English films playing in theaters and even includes the official trailers of the films to help you decide what to see.
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