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.


Locals still mourn the closing of the “Royal” in 2014, so – as a listed building – we are hugely delighted to have succeeded in bringing the building back to life as an independent cinema. The whole interior has been renovated and restored to its former glory and the DMFF is proud to have the Royal as its Base Camp.


Food and drink

Refreshments and snacks are available in the foyer of the Royal before and after film showings. We use a voucher system for all purchases. Vouchers can be purchased in the foyer.

On Summit Saturday, between the afternoon and evening sessions, you can enjoy a ‘Bergsteigeressen’: a wholesome meal served up on trestled tables in true mountain-hut style. Meals can be reserved via the ticket shop.

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 very own Michelin-star restaurant, Cucina del Mundo, 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.