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Colosseum Kino


Since moving to Oslo Sarah and I have yet to go see a movie in a theatre. All the big American movie releases premier here soon after the States and they do run in English with Norwegian subtitles, except for animated films which tend to get dubbed in Norwegian. As most of the movie going we have done during recent years involves taking the kids to the latest animated hit, we haven’t felt compelled to take the family to watch something in Norwegian.

Since I am somewhat of the film buff I didn’t want to miss out on catching the recently released first installment of The Hobbit in a theater primarily because select locations are projecting it at 48 frames-per-second. Why is this a big deal? The Hobbit is the first major Hollywood film to deviate from the standard 24 frames-per-second that movies have been filmed at for decades. The increase in frames or images per second amps up the clarity, lessens the blur of fast moving objects and removes any noticeable “flicker”. This latest technical feat from Hollywood has garnered mixed reviews from critics and film-goers. Some stating the result looks too much like video, not film. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to judge for myself so I located the Coloseum Kino here in Oslo where The Hobbit is projecting at 48fps and Ethan and I caught a Saturday afternoon showing.

The Colosseum Kino is a massive domed building. With seating for over 1000 movie-goers it has maintained the distinction of being the largest cinema in Northern Europe since it’s construction in 1921. The dome also acts as the ceiling of the theater. The result is a dramatic expanse of interior space, an ideal setting to watch any movie in the “epic” category.


The theater had maybe 200 people during our showing but the theater felt “full” once the lights went down because we had assigned seats so everyone was compacted into a group in the center of the sea of seats. Thus removing any opportunity for people to leave wasted “buffer seats” between themselves and others in the prime center section. I am not sure if assigned seating is typical of all theaters here but it had me wondering how American movie-goers would react if all of a sudden theaters began offering reserved seating.

Ethan and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. For the record, I really liked the result of the 48fps. I do believe it enhanced the presentation so count me among those who would champion its use. That said, I think it is the Colosseum Kino that I will think back and marvel on. In the multiplex age of cram as many theaters into a building as possible, a single screen with so many seats is a true anomaly. I definitely want to get back to see another movie or two there before we leave and it has me wondering what giant summer tentpole might land there later in the year. Star Trek? Man of Steel? Count me in.


  1. audreycamp says:

    Yes, the assigned seating is typical. I used to find it annoying, but once I learned you can select your own seats in advance if you buy tickets online, I became a HUGE FAN! Colosseum is definitely the best theater in Oslo for movies like The Hobbit. The trouble comes when you see movies here which are set in different places around the world. They ditch the English subtitles that ordinarily would accompany such a movie (think Bond or X-Men) in favor of the added Norwegian subs. This can make those scenes tough to follow. I’ll be seeing Les Mis with a friend this Friday at the Colosseum, and we won’t have to stand in a long line hoping for good seats either. Exciting!

    One exception to the assigned-seats rule is at Cinemateket, a theater that shows independent, foreign, and classic movies. If you haven’t heard about this one yet, I recommend it. Lots of Hitchcock movies (including his early stuff like The Lady Vanishes and the Brit version of The Man Who Knew Too Much). Check it out!

  2. Glad you enjoyed Colosseum. If you want to take the kids to see animated movies you may want to look closer at the movie listings. There will usually be one or two screens in Oslo showing the original un-dubbed version.

  3. I saw the Hobbit opening day at the Colosseum! It was a great venue. What would be REALLY cool – if the first say 15 rows of seats came out and it could double as a concert venue!

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