Watching a movie in the open-air cinema is among the favourite habits of Greeks in the summer. We highly recommend this experience for a summer evening that you wish to relax with your partner or friends, probably before going for a drink or after a day full of activities and sightseeing.
As with usual cinemas, each open-air cinema has a daily schedule with projections of different movies. You can expect to find from your favourite cinefile movie to the the latest production that you didn’t have the time to watch in your country. If you are not in the mood to search for the schedule, just go there around 20:30 to 21:00 and it’s almost sure that something interesting will be projected within the next hour. A good surprise for you is that in Greece movies are always played in the original version with Greek subtitles; so, no language barriers for you!
While watching the movie, you can have with you your beer, ice cream, pop corn or hot dog from the the bar of the cinema, while some cinemas even have small tables, as if you were in a cafe-bar.
Open-air cinemas usually operate from May to September.
In Athens there are open-air cinemas both in the city centre and the suburbs. Below is a selection of our top 10:
1. Cine Thisio, Apostolou Pavlou 7, Thisseion, tel.: (+30)210 3420864, (+30)210 3470980 – No1 movie theatre in the world according to CNN Travel!
2. Cine Paris, 22 Str. Kidathinaion Plaka, tel.: (+30)210 3222071
3. Cine Dexameni, Dexamenis Square, Kolonaki, tel.: (+30)210 3623942
4. Aigli Zappeiou, Zappeion (entrance from Vasilissis Olgas Avenue), (+30)210 3369300
5. Cine Psiri, Sarri 40-44, Psiri, tel.: (+30)210 3247234
6. Cine Zefiros, Troon 36, Petralona, tel.: (+30)210 3462677
7. Lais, Iera odos 48 and Megalou Alexandrou 134-136, Gazi – at the roof of the Greek Firm Archive Foundation
8. Cine Filothei, Platia Ioanni Drosopoulou, Filothei, tel.: (+30)210 6833398
9. Boboniera, Papadiamanti 12, Kifissia, tel.: 210 8019687 – Northern suburbs
10. Cine Floisvos, Marina Floisvou, Palaio Faliro, tel.: (+30)210 9821256 – Southern suburbs