10 Cool Outdoor Cinemas Around the World


Watching a movie on a big screen al fresco ranks among our most memorable travel experiences. We’ve watched films under the night sky and stars in Munich, Paris and Denver — each experience was unique in its setting and cultural flavor. All three were festive outings that included friends, picnics and wine. Unfortunately, there aren’t an abundance of outdoor cinemas around the world (maybe this will change over the years), but below is a list of ten that are just beginning to launch their summer screenings (note that locations in Australia, which offers several outdoor cinemas, are not included as their summer season is over).

Have you watched a movie at any of the open-air cinemas below or elsewhere?

1. Athens, Greece – Zefyros Outdoor Cinema

  • The scene:
    • Screenings are located in a courtyard behind a bright pink building
    • View of lovely garden
    • Chairs available
  • Movies: classics (mainly American) in original language with Greek subtitles
  • Ticket price: €8/person
  • Food and drink: bring a picnic or purchase snacks from concessions
  • Showtimes: two showings, one at 9 PM and another at 11 PM
  • Opening months: June through September
  • Click here for more info

2. Barcelona, Spain – Montjuic Castle

  • The scene:
    • Open Air Cinema is located on the sloping lawn at Montjuic Castle
    • View of the 17th-century Montjuic Castle, the Tibidabo mountains and Barcelona
    • Chairs available to rent, bring blankets and lawn chairs
  • The scene:Movies: New and recent American (with Spanish sub-titles) and Spanish movies
  • Ticket price: €5/person, €3 per lawn chair rental
  • Food and drink: pack a picnic (alcohol permitted) or buy from onsite concessionaires
  • Showtimes: doors open at 8:30 PM, movies start at 11:15 PM
  • Opening months: July to early August
  • Click here for more info

3. Denver, Colorado – Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

  • The scene:
    • Screenings in the al fresco amphitheater
    • View of red stone mountains
    • Chairs available
  • Movies: American classics
  • Ticket price: $10/person in advance, $12/person at box office day of show
  • Food and drink: pack a picnic (alcohol is prohibited) or buy from onsite concessionaires
  • Showtimes: doors open at 6 PM, movies start at 9 PM
  • Opening months: June through August (ten weeks)
  • Click here for more info

4. Hollywood, California – Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • The scene:
    • Cinespia Cemetery Screenings are located on an open lawn at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    • View of tombstones (of famous people) and palm trees
    • Chairs not available; bring low-back chairs, cushions and/or blankets
  • Movies: classics
  • Ticket price: $10/person
  • Food and drink: bring a picnic, alcohol permitted
  • Showtimes: doors open at 7 PM, movies start at 8:30 PM
  • Opening months: mid-May through mid-September
  • Click here for more info


5. Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong – The Fringe Club

  • The scene:
    • Rooftop Cinema at the Fringe Club is located atop a historic building
    • View of Hong Kong city lights
    • Chairs available, bring blankets
  • Movies: New and recent American movies
  • Ticket price: HK$ 125 (includes one drink)
  • Food and drink: buy from onsite concessionaires, no outside food and drinks permitted
  • Showtimes: doors open at 7:30 PM, movies start at 8:30 PM
  • Opening months: April and May
  • Click here for more info

6. London, United Kingdom – Somerset House

  • The scene:
    • Film4 Summer Screen Series is located in the courtyard at Somerset House
    • View of the Strand and Thames River
    • Chairs available, bring cushions and blankets
  • Movies: American classics and new releases
  • Ticket price: £12.50/person, £15.00/person on Fridays
  • Food and drink: buy from onsite concessions
  • Showtimes: doors open at 6:30 PM and movies start at 9:15 PM
  • Opening months: late July to early August
  • Click here and here for more info

7. Monaco, France – Oceanographic Museum

  • The scene:
    • Monaco Open Air Cinema is located on a lawn below the Oceanographic Museum
    • View of the Mediterranean Sea
    • Chairs available
  • Movies: New or recent American movies with French sub-titles
  • Ticket price: €11/person, €16/person for lounge seats
  • Food and drink: available via onsite bars
  • Showtimes: doors open at 8:30 PM, movies start at 9:30 PM
  • Opening months: late June to early September
  • Click here and here for more info

8. Munich, Germany – Olympic Park

  • The scene:
    • Cinema at the Olympic Lake takes place on a lawn in Olympic Park
    • View of lush trees and flowers
    • Chairs available, bring cushions and/or blankets
  • Movies: New or recent American releases with German sub-titles
  • Ticket price: €8/person for chair seating, €6 /person for lawn seating
  • Food and drink: bring a picnic or buy from onsite concessionaires (outside drinks prohibited)
  • Showtimes:
    • June: doors open at 8:00 PM, movies start at 9:30 PM
    • July: doors open at 7:45 PM, movies start at 9:15 PM
    • August: doors open at 7:30 PM, movies start at 9:00 PM
  • Opening months: June through August
  • Click here for more info

9. Paris, France – Parc de la Villette

  • The scene:
    • Open-Air Cinema (“Cinéma en Plein Air”) is located in the park area behind the Cité de Sciences et de L’Industrie museum
    • View of multi-themed gardens and open prairies right next to the industrial (in appearance and theme) presence of the museum
    • Chairs not available, bring blankets and folding chairs
  • Movies: New or recent American releases with French sub-titles
  • Ticket price: Free
  • Food and drink: pack a picnic or buy from onsite concessionaires (outside drinks prohibited)
  • Showtimes
  • June: doors open at 8:00 PM, movies start at 9:30 PM
  • July: doors open at 7:45 PM, movies start at 9:15 PM
  • August: doors open at 7:30 PM, movies start at 9:00 PM
  • Opening months: mid-July through late August
  • Click here for more info


10. Seattle, Washington – Mural Amphitheater

  • The scene:
    • Movies at the Mural is located on the lawn of the Mural Amphitheater at the Seattle Center
    • View of the Space Needle
    • Chairs not available, bring blankets and low back chairs
  • Movies: Classic and new American movies
  • Ticket price: Free
  • Food and drink: buy from onsite concessionaires (alcohol not served nor permitted)
  • Showtimes: doors open at 7:30 PM, movies start at 9 PM
  • Opening month: August
  • Click here for more info


 

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3 Responses to 10 Cool Outdoor Cinemas Around the World

  1. miles says:

    Great article! I love outdoor cinema! They do it at the beach almost everyday throughout the summer in Long Beach..

    • Baochi says:

      Hi Miles, thanks for the kind words, glad you like the article. Didn’t know about the location in Long Beach. Will definitely check it out! Thank you!

  2. Hi Boachi, Thanks for the wonderful article, I cannot wait to visit some of these cinemas! We have been doing free public outdoor screenings in San Antonio for nine years and offer 2012 screenings at HemisFair Park, Main Plaza, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Sunset Station. [All beautiful venues.]

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