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Places, activities and cinema visits. We have put together the ultimate starter guide that takes you straight into Ystad's film world.

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Ystad Studios Visitor Center

Ystad's interactive film museum is not only a must for film geeks, but also a strategically smart first stop on a film-themed holiday. Here you can visit sets from productions filmed in Ystad and can also take the opportunity to make your own film clip. Maybe wearing Kurt Wallander's jacket? Or freely at your own creative discretion in the green screen studio.


Sweden's oldest cinema

In the middle of the center on Östergatan is the cinema theater Scala. Since 1910, the cinema has existed and been used for showing films. This makes the cinema Sweden's oldest that was built for its purpose and that is still in use.

Today, the cinema is run by the association Scalas Vänner and you go here to see well-selected films. The interior is the same, but the ticket price has changed from the 25-50 öre range that was the price for five short films during the premiere in 1910.


Alakoskis Svinalängorna

Susanna Alakoski's novel, which was later made into a film by Pernilla August, takes place in a newly built 1960s area in eastern Ystad. In the novel, we get a story about a vulnerable and poor existence. The area suffered stress even outside of fiction for two or three decades before the municipality renovated the brick lanes with estimated results. The residential area, which is actually called Fridhem, is easy to reach on foot from the center for those who want to visit it.


Follow in Wallander's footsteps

In Ystad, Commissioner Kurt Wallander can be found on almost every corner. Wallander's residential address in the books, Mariagatan 10, is right next to Mariagatan 11c, the address used in the films. The restaurant at the hotel Continental du Sud and Fridolf's patisserie can both be visited - if you're lucky, you might also find the patisserie's famous Wallanderbakelse in the stand.

The films about Wallander have mostly been shot in and around Ystad. By following the tracks, you get a nice ride through the city. A smart way is to go on a tour at your own pace with the help of a digital guide.


Go to the cinema in the 1st battalion riding house

In the old regimental area, you will find Ystad's modern cinema Cinema 3. In the building that was once the 1st battalion's stables, you can now buy popcorn and relax watching current premieres and films every day of the week.

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