Top 5 best outdoor cinemas in the world

Watching a movie on a big screen isn’t always about big dark rooms and velvet seats. During the summer, going to the movies can become way more casual.
Here’s a selection of our 5 favorite out-door cinemas in the world.

1 - The Cinespia, Hollywood: Without a doubt the most renowned of all, the Cinespia festival shows many classic films (this year Some Like It Hot by Billy Wilder, The Big Lebowski by the Coen Brothers and Reservoir Dogs by Tarantino in 35 mm film copy) in a rather random place: the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where film legends like John Huston or Cecil B. DeMille are buried. Gruesome? Not at all ! Cinespia, which is held every year in July and August, is in fact a tribute to the deceased stars of old Hollywood. With 3500 people per showing, this festival has become a fixture for Californian film enthusiasts. Honorary mention for its themed photobooths and after-screening DJ sets, that way everybody can chill on the spot, listening to music.

The Cinespia in Hollywood ©

2 – The St. George OpenAir Cinema, Sydney: It is no coincidence that the St. George OpenAir Cinema proudly claims to be "the most beautiful cinema in the world". Every year, this event allows over 2000 spectators to enjoy several films on a large screen in front of one of the most breathtaking views in the world: the Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge and the lights of the skyline. The experience is made even more special thanks to a string of fancy restaurants that can be found on site so that visitors can enjoy their films while indulging in some delicacies.

This year, no fewer than 44 movie-nights were held, broadcasting blockbusters such as Rogue One, La La Land, Passengers or, exclusively for Australia, the sequel to classic flick Trainspotting ... Could it get any better!

3 - The Kino Unter Sternen, Vienna: a highly anticipated event for the Austrian capital, this open-air cinema festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. In addition to a program alternating films by Austrian authors and Hollywood classics, the Kino Unter Sternen is completely free! Unfortunately, the Vienna Karlsplatz won’t bring out its giant screen in 2017 due to lack of funding. Hopefully a solution will be found in 2018 so that the lovely people of Austria can celebrate the art form that is cinema like only they can. 

The Kino Unter Sterner © Kino Unter Sternen


4 - Isola Tiberina, Rome: Possibly the most romantic, this open-air cinema festival takes place in the sublime setting of a small Tiberian island that separates the Trastevere district from Piazza Navona in Rome. For more than 20 years, the cinema sessions have been held there every summer. Make sure you go and have a look if you are passing through Italy this summer. This year, next to the films of Jim Jarmusch, Oliver Stone and Clint Eastwood, it is especially the burgeoning Italian cinema scene that is honored in the programming.

The Isola Tiberina in Rome © Isola Tiberina

5 - Cinéma de la Villette, Paris: With its chilled and relaxed atmosphere, the Parc de la Villette welcomes every year thousands of guests who come to let off some steam on the deckchairs that are available on site during the whole of July and August . It is a favorite of all the Parisians who couldn’t go on vacation since it allows them to enjoy great movies with their friends in the sun. In 2017, Abdellatif Kechiche's The Seed and the Mule, Jacques Demy's Donkey Skin, Amarcord by Federico Fellini and Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese will be honored during the simple yet convivial festival which will be held this summer under the theme of cooking.

La Villette Cinema in Paris © William Beaucardet