Brussels is not known for its nightlife, but that's partly because it's overshadowed by the worldwide reputations of neighboring capitals like Paris and Amsterdam. Nightlife is actually alive and well in Brussels, and if the range is inevitably thinner than in bigger cities, the quality is not.
For current information on after-dark entertainment during your visit, consult the Brussels International Tourism office in the Town Hall, Grand-Place, Brussels (tel. 02/513-89-40; www.brusselsinternational.be); or purchase the weekly English-language magazine The Bulletin, which has an extensive "What's On" section.
Movies -- Since most movies in Brussels are shown in the original language, you'll always be able to find many English-language films in the theaters. Major cinemas in the center city, several of them multiplexes, are: Actor's Studio, Petite rue des Bouchers 16 (tel. 02/512-16-96); Arenberg/Galeries, Galerie de la Reine 26 (tel. 02/512-80-63); Aventure, Galerie du Centre, rue des Fripiers 17 (tel. 02/219-17-48); UGC Toison d'Or, av. de la Toison d'Or 8 (tel. 0900/10-440); and UGC De Brouckère, place De Brouckère 38 (tel. 0900/10-440).
Kinepolis, bd. du Centenaire 20 (tel. 0900/00-555), is the best equipped and the biggest, with 26 screens and an IMAX screen. Part of the Bruparck recreation complex beside the Atomium, Kinepolis is likely to have something for everyone. Most movies shown are big releases, usually from Hollywood, which is no doubt the main reason why the place is so popular. Nova, rue d'Arenberg 3 (tel. 02/511-24-77), is an art-house cinema. The Musée du Cinema, rue Baron Horta 9 (tel. 02/507-83-70), often features little-seen films from the past.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.