December screenings of classic films in Madrid

"I don't want a lot for Christmas... But I sure wouldn't mind seeing some classic films on the big screen!"

December screenings of classic films in Madrid
Cine Dore is showing Indiana Jones movies in December. OzinOH/ Flickr

If this is you, then read on because this month really does promise some cinematic crackers. Anglophones you need not worry, the following films are in original English language versions.

For fans of adventure who fancy rolling back the years, Cine Dore is screening the original Indiana Jones movies on three consecutive Sunday afternoons (14th, 21st and 28th), they are also showing Donnie Dark (2001) on the 19th and if you ́re still around by the 29th you can see the Blade Runner (1982) “final cut” on the 29th. Tickets are €3, but you will definitely need to book them in advance

Aficionados of Stanley Kubrick (and cinephiles in general), you might be pleased to know that in honour of film ́s 20th anniversary, Eyes Wide Shut (1999)  featuring Tom Cruise alongside Nicole Kidman, will be showing on various dates at the Cineteca and also at Cine Dore (on the 28th).  If there's one director who warrants the big screen treatment,  it ́s Kubrick. Take in the work of this master as he intended for it to be experienced. Tickets are a steal at €3.5. Book in advance.

As well as being festive season, December is also Tom Waits season at the Cineteca! You can see a number of films featuring this iconic vagabond from esteemed directors like Francis Ford Coppola, and Jim Jarmusch. For more information about the selection CLICK HERE

  At Sala Equis you can catch up on some of 2019 ́s best films that may have passed you by; they include Joker, Parasite (the only foriegn language film on the list it will have spanish subtitles, but is worth the trouble as it really is exceptional) and the excellent documentary about Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace, among others. Tickets are €6.5, follow for the full program. CLICK HERE

So remember: If it's cold outside, there ́s one place you really can stay warm- the cinema.

This article is written by Michael Slaski who runs a blog all about independent cinema in Madrid To find out more visit


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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.