The arrival of summer in Athens is something like an event: the high temperatures and the sweet climate just won’t let you stay at home. One of the most popular summer activities of the Athenians, since the early ’50s, is the open-air cinema.
While for the rest of the world, summer is the blockbuster release season, for Athens, cinema follows the lazy summer pace: during warm summer nights, you watch a movie under the starry sky, drinking your ice-cold beer.
One of these open-air cinemas is “Thisio”. Thisio is located 3 minutes away from the Thisseio train station. My personal favorite is to walk down Dionysiou Areopagitou street, around the Acropolis hill, and end up in Thisseion to watch a movie. Maybe the sound quality is not the best (it’s open-air!) and the screen is not digital 3D, but the quality of the projection is more than enough for a relaxed movie night.
Thisio, apart from the newly released movies, shows classic movies from the ’50s and ’60s, such as Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and Wyler’s “Roman Holiday”. What better than watching these movies in a cinema as old as the movies themselves, on a warm summer night in the city, right under the Acropolis?
Latest News: Cine Thisio is featured in the Top 10 Coolest Cinemas in the World by CNN! See the article here! We wrote it first ;).