EUROPE’S BEST OPEN-AIR CINEMAS
Around 51 films are projected each summer under the open sky, on a huge screen in the city’s grandiose Piazza Maggiore, making it one of Europe’s most spectacular outdoor movie venues.
Sala Montjuic, Barcelona
Barcelonians welcome the summer with picnics, concerts, and some of the best movies of all time at Sala Montjuic, an open-air film festival held each year within the ancient walls of Montjuic Castle.
Cinéma en Plein Air de la Villette, Paris
Always a highlight of Paris’ cultural summer calendar, Cinéma en Plein Air turns the lush, manicured lawns of the Parc de la Villette into a wonderful outdoor movie theater.
Rooftop Film Club, London
Fancy a movie under the stars on London’s most scenic rooftops? Well, Rooftop Film Club offers outdoor film screenings complemented by beautiful skyline views at five different elevated venues across the capital: Bussey Building at Peckham Rye; the Roof East urban park; Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch; Kensington Roof Gardens; and Tobacco Dock.
Insel der Jugend, Berlin
Just one bridge away from the famous Oberbaumbrücke, you will find one of Berlin’s biggest green lungs: Treptower Park. Another, much smaller bridge away, in the center of this park by the water, will lead you to Insel der Jugend, the island of youth, where you will find an impressive open-air cinema.
This cinema closes its main cinema in the summer and instead organizes open-air cinema’s. Spoutnik is known for showing films that are non-commercial and their main goal is to show movies that are not known by the wide public.
Pluk de Nacht, Amsterdam
Held every summer in Amsterdam, Pluk de is the biggest open-air film festival in the Netherlands. It enjoys an idyllic waterside location at Stenen Hoofd pier, and the programme is always a surprising mix of experimental shorts, documentaries, and unreleased indie films.
Esplanada da Mata, Lisbon
Centrally located, Esplanada da Mata remains a cozy and peaceful spot wrapped in the leafy embrace of the surrounding park. There’s DJ’s and during the summer an open-air cinema.
Střelecký Ostrov, Prague
On the river Vltava in Prague, there are twelve islands one of them is in the center of the river: Střelecký Ostrov. It can be reached by crossing a bridge or renting a paddleboat. There is plenty to do there, but without a doubt one of the best activities is the open-air cinema.
Established in the 1920’s, Cine Paris is one of the oldest open-air cinemas in Athens.
Address & Telephone: 22 Kydathineion Street, Plaka – 210 32 22 071
This historic cinema was established in 1935 and has been in operation ever since. Much like Cine Paris it offers excellent views of the Acropolis.
Address & Telephone: 7 Apostolou Pavlou, Thission – 210 34 20 864
Green scenery and cool breeze the perfect combination.
Address & Telephone: Zappio Garden (entrance from Vas. Olgas Avenue) – 2103369300
A favorite among locals, this cinema is located in the upscale area of Kolonaki and has been in operation for many years.
Address & Telephone: Platia Dexamenis, Kolonaki – 210 36 23 942
A summer oasis in the south suburbs of Athens with the sea at your feet and next to Flisvos Marina.
Address & Telephone: Flisvos Park, Palaion Faliro – 21 0982 1256