Malta is among the first countries in Europe to have the latest releases, ranging from blockbusters to art house films. The Islands are well served with several multiplex cinemas.
The cinema at the St James' Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta is geared more towards the film connoisseur, with a winter season of art house movies, re-releases and foreign language films.
Cinema-going is a popular leisure activity. Not surprising given the Islands' own interest in the film industry. With its backdrop of historic buildings and stunning land- and seascapes, the Maltese archipelago has long been used as a location for some major productions: Midnight Express, Gladiator and U-571 are among the most memorable. Malta has recently also hosted Hollywood blockbusters such as The Count of Monte Cristo and the epic Troy, The Da Vinci Code and Munich, as well as prestigious period dramas, including the BBC's Byron and Daniel Deronda.