Because there are a lot of English-speaking university students in Cuenca, there are also movies in English in Cuenca! If you're like Jeff, that's very good news.
There are two movie theaters in Cuenca, both owned by the Multicines chain. The first is at Mall del Río, which usually shows movies only in Spanish. The other is Milenium Plaza (yes, that's the correct spelling). It shows movies in Spanish and in English with Spanish subtitles.
There are two ways to learn about what's playing the next week: the newspaper, and the Multicines website. Jeff always uses the website to check the listings.
Some movies play in English at Milenium Plaza and in Spanish at Mall del Río.
Be sure to look for the correct times for the English version.
Each listing displays the title (in Spanish and English) in white text on a red background, right next to an image of the movie.
All movies that are playing in English will say "Subtitulada" after the English title. (Movies playing only in Spanish will say "Español."
You may find the occasional movie that says "Subtitulada" and gives times for both Milenium Plaza and Mall del Río. We've found, however, that the Mall del Río version is usually Spanish-only.
If the movie is playing here for the first time, you'll see a yellow bar just below the movie's image, with the word "Estreno" in black text.
Jeff recommends that you go see a new (estreno) movie the week it opens. Quite often that's the only week you'll be able to see that movie in English. After that, it will only be available in Spanish, if at all.
If you think you can't afford to see movies in North America, you'll be very pleased with the prices here in Cuenca. Check the website for current prices. In the left column, under the word "Cuenca" on the blue background, click on "Precios y Promociones." (It may or may not display prices. More often than not it's a blank page.
Prices are usually $3.50 per person during the week, and $4.60 on weekends.
However, you can buy a Tarjeta Multicines for $7.00 for two years. Prices with the card are $2.99 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The card will not get you a discount on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, although you can still collect points on your ticket and snack purchases.
In typical Ecuadorian fashion, you have to complete a form online, then print it out and take it with you to the theater. There, you pay for your card.
You'll receive points every time you use your card, plus 500 points when you purchase it. You can also upsize your snack order for a lower price.
You can use the card at several restaurants and other businesses, including Pizza Hut, El Español, and Sports Planet Restaurant, in Milenium Plaza.
Cash is always preferred at the ticket booth (the boletería), although you can use a credit card.
You can also order tickets online ahead of time, if you have a cédula. Pick the movie you want to see and click on the little green shopping cart beside the time you prefer. You can use Diners Club or Visa credit cards, or you can debit some of the points you've earned on your Tarjeta Multicines. You'll have to sign up for this service the first time you use it.
You can also order your tickets by phone at 1700-BOLETOS. We've never tried this, so you may not get too far if you don't speak Spanish.
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