The main setting for the Dutch Mountain Film Festival is the Royal Theater in Heerlen. Those who are not already familiar with this one-time cinema, will feast their eyes on the exquisite foyer and auditorium, with its extraordinarily plush cinema seats.
Royal one of the top five best cinemas in the Netherlands
The Royal is currently undergoing redevelopment. This means we only have one film auditorium available this year. Base camp has been enlarged this year to include the Bivakzone (or ‘bivouac zone’), a large tent which will be erected on derelict land next to the Royal.


Food and drink

The Bivakzone is the place where will be served on Saturday and Sunday evenings, a wholesome meal for mountaineers served by Esther and her team. BergsteigerEssen can best be reserved via the ticket shop: first come, first served!

Pizza! Should the BergsteigerEssen option be sold out, no worries, because this year Crapoli will be parking their pizza truck right next door to the Bivakzone. The truck will be there throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Refreshments and snacks are also available in the foyer on the first floor of the Royal before and after film showings. Vouchers will be sold for ordering drinks (payment by debit card available).

The Royal Theater is close to the centre of Heerlen, where a large array of cafes and eateries can be found, especially at Pancratiusplein. Heerlen’s highest restaurant, Mijnstreek is just a stone’s throw away from the Royal.



By public transport

The Royal Theater is 2 minutes away by foot from Heerlen’s main railway station.

By bike

There are unattended bike stands in the direct vicinity of the cinema.
Heerlen has free supervised bicycle storage facilities at Akerstraat 20, approx. 12 minutes’ walk away.
Charging stations are available here for electric bicycles.
Opening times of the bicycle storage facilities:
Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12 midday to 6 p.m.

By car

As the cinema is situated in the middle of a pedestrianised zone, the Royal Theater can only be used for the dropping-off and picking-up of car passengers.
There is a multi-storey car park directly next to the Royal Theater: Q-park Coriocenter.

After being closed in 2014, six years later the Royal was reopened again in all its glory. We like to think we played our own small part in this. In 2018, we staged DMFF #8, installing  projectors and sound systems and sprucing up the bar, all on our own initiative. Partly thanks to our efforts, many people petitioned to have the Royal reopen, which took place in 2020. The Royal is now home to Heerlen’s arthouse cinema, De Spiegel.


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