Open air cinema – a breath of fresh air

Take one balmy summer evening, add a movie you want to see and what do you get? Open air cinema! Summer is the perfect time to round up the gang and enjoy a movie outdoors. Here are our five favourite locations in Germany.

Nobody wants to spend a warm summer evening cooped up indoors. But what if you’re desperate to catch a must-see movie with friends? Open air cinema viewings combine the best of both worlds and are gaining in popularity. Here are our five favourite locations in Germany.

•    At the heart of Hamburg – Schanzenkino
The open air cinema in Hamburg’s Sternschanzenpark screens movies on a huge 128 square meter screen. There’s ample seating and you can choose between a recent blockbuster or an old classic. And best of all: visitors can hire a pair of headphones and watch the movie in its original language or in German. If you’re not tempted by the on-site catering, you can pay 2 EUR to bring along your own picnic. Get there early, open a bottle of chilled wine and enjoy a stunning backdrop that features Hamburg’s TV tower before the film starts.

Sternschanzenpark behind the old water tower, Sternschanze 1, 20357 Hamburg, Tickets: 8 EUR (7 EUR for children & students)

•    Brilliant Berlin – Friedrichshain open air cinema
Round off a day of sightseeing in Germany’s colourful capital with an outdoor movie in Friedrichshain Volkspark – an oasis of green at the centre of the urban jungle. Bring a blanket to sit on or make yourself comfy on one of the 1500 reclining seats. Dedicated film buffs invest a book of 5 or 10 tickets.  Showing this month: “Manchester By The Sea”, “Despicable Me 3” and “Captain Fantastic”.

Freilichtbühne in Volkspark Friedrichshain, Tickets: 7.50 EUR

•    Kölsch in Cologne – Sion Summer Cinema BAY Rheinauhafen
Fresh air, the silver screen and an ice cold Kölsch beer. Sound good? You bet it does. Head for the Sion Summer Cinema to enjoy not only the latest blockbusters but unrivalled views of Cologne Cathedral beyond the yacht harbour too. Grab a few mates and down a chilled beer before the movie starts. Showing in August: “Lion”, “Pirates Of The Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “La La Land”. And for culture vultures: in addition to the movies the venue also stages outdoor theatre evenings.  

BAY Rheinauhafen, Harry-Blum-Platz 1, 50678 Cologne, Tickets: 8.50 EUR

•    Movies in Munich – outdoor cinema at the lake
Munich is another city where you can spend a lazy evening watching a movie beneath the stars. The open air cinema is located near the Olympiasee lake in the grounds of the former Olympic swimming venue. Some 800 Italian sun loungers create a Mediterranean vibe, and there are even extra large love chairs for couples. But what if it rains? Don’t worry. This open air cinema offers covered seating and umbrellas for hire. And if that’s not enough, some of the movies here are even shown in 3D.

Area next to the Olympic swim hall, Coubertinplatz 1, 80809 Munich, Tickets: from 7 EUR

•    Do it in Dresden – movies on the river bank
The open air cinema on the banks of the river Elbe is one of Dresden’s highlights. It’s located between the Carole Bridge and the Augustus Bridge on the shoreline area known as “Königsufer”. With a huge choice of food available including burgers, fried noodles and pizza, it makes sense to eat before the film starts. The programme is just as good as the catering with “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Seven Minutes After Midnight” and “Nocturnal Animals” all featuring this summer. Bizarrely, last year’s big summer favourite was “Ice Age: Collision Course”.

Film nights on the banks of the river Elbe, Königsufer, Dresden, Tickets: from 6 EUR

Have a wonderful evening!

Vapiano Redaktion