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Those lazy long summer evenings are almost here and what could be more fun than getting out of the house and watching a film outdoors? We take you to the best outdoor cinemas around the world!

And… action!
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Cineteca Bologna
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Cineteca Bologna

The programme includes more than 400 historic films from Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Also unique are the 150 silent movies that are accompanied by a full orchestra to add sound to the big screen. Goosebumps guaranteed!

Historic city centre

Film buffs, grab your calendars! From 24 June through 2 July, Bologna will host the 31st edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival. During this one special week, film fans from around the world will flock to the city for special screenings at some amazing locations. How about watching a movie in a historic palazzo on the Piazza Maggiore or in the more intimate setting of the Piazzetta Pasolini? 

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Cineteca Bologna
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Rooftop Film Club

London calling

We’ve all heard of London’s famous underground – but the roof tops of this metropolis are also well worth exploring! This summer watch classic films such as Vertigo, Mary Poppins and The Matrix at different locations such as on the top of a former tram depot in Peckham Rye, on the roof of a trendy club in Shoreditch and at the Kensington Roof Gardens.

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Rooftop Film Club
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Rooftop Film Club

Here you will not only find great films, but also thirst-quenching gin & tonics and scrumptious street food. Hopefully you will be spared the experience of a typical English rain shower.

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    Rooftop Film Club
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Vasilios Koutroumanos

The film programme includes classics and modern Hollywood blockbusters – with a distinct preference for movies starring Tom Hanks. Once the sun has set, the illuminated Parthenon in the background creates a romantic ambiance.

The Acropolis as a backdrop

Cine Thisio takes classic movies to a whole other level: this outdoor cinema is nestled at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens. The screen inside the walled-in garden where movie-goers sit on red folding chairs has been showing films since the 1930s, making this the oldest outdoor cinema in the city. The owner runs the projector and the rest of the family sells tickets, pours drinks and serves up popcorn. 

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Vivi Kwtoula
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Rooftop Films | Darial Sneed

Obscure films in the Big Apple

What better place to scout for unconventional film locations than in New York City. After all, this iconic city has often been portrayed on the big screen.

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Rooftop Films | Irwin Seow
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Rooftop Films | Josh Davy

The non-profit organisation Rooftop Films showcases the work of (still) unknown film makers at unusual sites such as the beach on Coney Island, an old cannery in Brooklyn and the Socrates Sculpture Park. 

The selection ranges from colourful animations to obscure documentaries: the programme is as diverse as the settings. After the film, viewers are treated to live music.

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ROOFTOP CINEMA MELBOURNE

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ROOFTOP CINEMA MELBOURNE

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Rooftop Cinema Melbourne

On sultry summer nights there is no better place than this: order a fruity cocktail at the bar or indulge in chocolate ice cream and fresh popcorn. There is even a hamburger stand. You could almost forget that you’re surrounded by skyscrapers!

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Take it to the top

How about watching a great movie with your feet in the grass, ice cream in hand and a stunning view of the Melbourne skyline? Head to the roof of the Curtin House – a peaceful oasis high above the bustle of the city. Sit back in a brightly coloured beach chair at the Rooftop Cinema and enjoy cult films, blockbusters and everything in between. 

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Rooftop Cinema Melbourne

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May 2017

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