With the arrival of Summer comes the arrival of open air cinemas. That feeling of endless summer nights, balmy temperatures (hopefully), hanging out with friends, watching a classic with a drink in your hand, does it get any better? Here’s a selection of our Spotters’ favorite open air cinemas in their city, in random order.
Rooftop Films – New York
Our New York Spotter Craig Nelson loves to go to the Rooftop Films festival. It has rooftop movies in areas not usually available to the public, always in different places from Brooklyn to the Bronx! Not only do you get free movies, free music and free drinks, but you also usually get to experience the beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. His favorite location is most definitely at Industry City, besides the great view that location also offers an after-party with DJ and complimentary cocktails. Le Sigh…
Kino Unter den Sternen – Vienna
Kino Unter den Sternen (cinema under the stars) in Karlzplatz, Vienna is only one of the many outdoor cinema festivals in Vienna that our Spotter Julia Heiligenbrunner shares on Spotted by Locals Vienna. Linda Nepicks’ recommendation for this summer is the Volxkino, it has different locations throughout the city and although most are Austrian movies, the settings and atmosphere more than makes up for perhaps not understanding the film (and it’s free too). With these recommendations you’ll be covered during the entire summer, from early June till September.
Open-Air Cinema at Thisseion – Athens
Right under the Acropolis, the Thisseion cinema is the perfect place to relax under the starry sky after a day in Athens. A personal favorite of our Athens local Sofia Skioti, sometimes it plays movies almost as old as the cinema itself!
Freiluft Kino Mitte – Berlin
Jérémie Gerhardt found the Freiluft Kino Mitte out of curiosity, as it is a tricky cinema to get into! But the experience is worth it, especially if you’re interested in watching oldies in a cozy space. But the fun in Berlin doesn’t end there! Jérémie’s colleague recommends Freiluft Cinema in Kreuzberg! Oh and as a bonus, both cinemas show movies in the original language, no dubbing! One more recommendation is Volkspark Rehberge which also has an open-air cinema in summer.
Cinema Urbana – Antwerp
From July 29th till August 29th Cinema Urbana is a cinephile’s utopia according to Antwerp local Kevin. The screenings are for free, and while they do sell drinks & snacks, you’re allowed to bring your own. Here’s what you do, pack layers (Belgian summers aren’t super reliable), come early to find a good spot and lastly, keep an eye out for the sun setting on the banks of the Scheldt!
Stoffel – Frankfurt
This gorgeous picture shows the location of Frankfurt’s Stoffel, a free open air theatre & festival that runs from June 26 – July 26. There’s a lot to take in at this festival, as it has two or three items on the agenda every day, from cabaret to concerts and movies. And the entrance fee? That’s up to you!
Esplanada da Mata – Lisbon
“Centrally located, Esplanada da Mata remains a cosy and peaceful spot wrapped in the leafy embrace of the surrounding park. […] Have a snack, drink a Hot Chocolate or a beer and socialize. There’s DJ’s and during the summer an open air cinema.”- Nuno Lopes de Paula
Westpark – Munich
The Westpark, which is about 5 mins away from the city center is a park more frequented by the locals living around it than tourists. While the parks boasts a beautiful rose garden as well a Japanese and Chinese garden, for the summer you should visit it for the Lake stage’s Open Air Cinema.
Creart – Bucharest
‘Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of the City of Bucharest’, ‘Gradina cu filme’, ‘Copacul cu carti’, and ‘Teatrelli’, these are just some of the names for Creart. This is the place to be during the summer for open air movies (every night) and the chance to sit on a celebrity…
There’s also the open air cinema at Modelier, as recommended by Alexandru Olteanu.
Odonien – Cologne
There is so much going at Odonien in summer, or the entire year actually! It’s a stunning social hub with outdoor ateliers, workshops, concerts and we could just keep on going. This summer, visit the beergarden and enjoy a movie at the outdoor cinema.
Muzeon – Moscow
The Muzeon park in Moscow is a great place to be in summer! They set out lounges for you to relax and picnic on, teach you yoga in the morning and show movies in their open air cinema! Perfect.
Szimpla Kert – Budapest
Kálmán Faragó starts his review of Szimpla Kert off with the words, “hands-down the best known and most popular of Budapest’s “kert”-s”. What makes it stand out from the crowd? That would be their open air movie theater.
The list is ever growing though, what is your favorite open air cinema? Please share in the comments!