Norway opens the first dog cinema

Oslo’s Ringen Theatre multiplex has opened up new screenings specifically for dogs and their owners.

The dogs were treated to a screening of US director Laurie Anderson’s new documentary, Heart of a Dog. The lights were dimmed to prevent the dogs from being scared, and the soundtrack was also somewhat muted. No age restrictions were in place for the dogs, but they had to be accompanied by their owners.

“I am very fond of dogs, so this was exciting – a truly unique movie experience,” explained Zecca, of Norway’s Nordisk Film Cinemas.

The cinema is known for organising more ‘quirky’ screenings, with special screenings already organised for babies and people who want to knit while watching their film. This cinema is also the first fully digitised theatre in the Nordic countries.

Photo: © Håkon Borg


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.