You’d think after a winter of perpetual darkness and cold, you couldn’t keep an Icelander indoors for another second come summertime. This is not the case: in the summer, Icelanders flock to the movies for blockbuster entertainment. While tastes in the fall and winter often lean toward cultured, only the loudest of Hollywood popcorn movies stay in the theatres for long during the summer. This summer, that means Star Wars, Fantastic Four, Batman (filmed partially in Iceland), and War of the Worlds.
If you’re here for more than three days, we recommend stopping by a cinema. Watch the snack runs, listen to the unusual laughing points that the locals choose, and stick around to hear the lines Icelanders repeat after the movie. In three hours, you can get more of a feel for the country than you can in a weekend watching geysers.
Reykjavík throws a few kinks into the movie hunt. If you want to see a comic book or science fiction movie, stop in at Nexus, Hverfisgata 103, and they can set you up with tickets to special advance screenings well before the movie hits the masses. If you want to sip a beer with your movie, Smárabio’s VIP lounge offers a deluxe service for not too bad a price. And if you want to see hipsters and artists reveal that deep inside they’re people/ Star Wars geeks too, stop at 101’s favourite theatre, Regnboginn.
Nexus, Hverfisgata 103, 101 Reykjavík,
Smárabío, Smáralind, Kopavogur, Tel. 564-0000.
Regnboginn, Hverfisgata 54, 101 Reykjavík, Tel. 551-9000.
For times and listings, visit www.kvikmyndir.is and click on “í bío”.