Waiting for a ship to depart Tromso for a Norwegian cruise can be both tedious and expensive on a gloomy December evening. I was delighted to stumble across the Verdensteatret (World Theatre). Seating 349, this listed building, one of Scandinavia’s oldest cinemas, dates from 1915. Tucked down a side street, it’s a friendly little haven of welcome, with a popular café and astonishingly beautiful cinema, gilded and chandeliered, interior walls brightly painted with full-length folklore murals. I sat in splendid comfort for the price of an entrance ticket and watched Romeo and Juliet, live opera from the New York Met. Finally allowed to embark at midnight, my frozen fellow voyagers were envious when I told them of my lucky find.
This is the ultimate cinema, with independent, art house and film festival showings, to savour after live music (or vinyl) in the trendy café.
Postboks 285, 9253 Tromsø, Norge
Gateadresse: Storgt. 93b, 9008 Tromsø
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