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Theatres and cinemas, best places to unwind

Nairobi’s theatre scene is vibrant and entertaining. From performing arts to movie cinema halls, there is a lot you can do during the weekend.

There are several theatre houses in the city centre where one can enjoy watching a play for as little as Sh500.

On Harry Thuku Road, opposite the Norfolk Hotel is the Kenya National Theatre.

It is a fun place to be because you will find different activities going on and at a fee, you will enjoy the country’s acting talent at its best.

There, you will find different performances and genres, modern and classical plays and  rehearsals of plays going on. You can also enjoy the musical theatres.

Staging plays

The place also has a restaurant and a bar overlooking Kijabe Street and is a nice place to relax and unwind.

The group that is renowned for staging plays here is the Cultural Spills Production. Most of their performances are charged at just Sh500.

As you cross the highway into town, you will find Alliance Francaise auditorium on Utalii Street. It is a centre for cultural production and French language training and translation.

Alliance, as it is normally called, has many activities going on at any one time, including cinema screenings, live theatre, concerts, dance and literary festivals.

Thematic shows

The  place has a modern auditorium, two exhibition galleries  and, on a lucky day, you will enjoy a garden concert. You will also find the famed Heartstrings Cultural Group which stages plays here. The entrance fee per head is Sh500.

If you want to watch something but live theatre is not your thing, there are movie theatres often showing the latest blockbusters.

Century Cinemax has screens at the Junction on Ngong Road, Fox Cinemas has two at Sarit Centre and there is an Imax Cinema in the CBD at 20th Century Plaza. Other notable cinemas are Kenya Cinema on Moi Avenue and Nairobi Cinema on Aga Khan Walk.  From these, you and your family will be spoilt for choice on the variety of movies to enjoy.