Sometimes, going to the regular, indoor cinema during summer isn’t much fun. The sun’s out, the air is balmy and you’d much rather be at a lake. The solution for this problem? An open-air cinema. This is where you’ll catch the latest flicks and still enjoy that soft summer breeze in your face. Most organisers offer a programme of current art-house productions, classics, and award-winning festival films from the last few years. Enjoy your favourite films in a magical twilight setting or catch up on what you’ve missed throughout the year.
And there’s the right Freiluftkino for everyone: Freiluftkino Friedrichshain offers a cinematic picnic in cosy park setting. They also host regular special screenings, and even talks with directors, children’s films, and parties. Pompeji (right next to Ostkreuz) is very different, boasting more of an alternative vibe. But that’s not all: throughout the summer, there are often temporary film screenings at surprise locations throughout the city — during UFA Filmnächte, for example.
Freiluftkino Insel at Cassiopeia
Is there anything you can’t do at Cassiopeia? Next to drinking and dancing, climbing and skateboarding, there’s also an open-air cinema at this RAW institution during the summer. Beside regular art-house, they also host plenty of special screenings, for example in cooperation with the Human Rights Film Festival.
Address: Revaler Straße 99, Friedrichshain
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Warschauer Straße
Pompeji – open-air cinema by Ostkreuz
Is this really Berlin? The open-air venue right next to the cinema Zukunft at Ostkreuz can feel quite mediterranean on a warm night, when the stars twinkle. But they also show a superb selection of films, plus talks with directors and their wonderful ‘cinematic concerts’ — screenings of classic films paired with live music.
Address: Laskerstraße 5, Friedrichshain
Directions: S-Bahn station Ostkreuz
Radio EINS open-air cinema Friedrichshain
Right in the middle of Volkspark Friedrichshain, this very popular outdoor cinema is hidden away. Take a blanket with you and maybe a bottle of wine or two for a relaxed picnic with a good film playing in the background. Most films will be shown in German, but there are plenty of screenings in English with German subtitles and even a few German films with English subtitles.
Address: Landsberger Allee 15, Friedrichshain
Directions: Trams M5, M6, M8
Friedrichshagen may not be on your radar, but the quaint district outside the Ring definitely should be. Combine a trip to the open-air cinema that’s also known as ‘Naturtheater’ with a stroll around Friedrichshagen’s flea market on Sundays or a swim at Müggelsee. International films are generally shown dubbed into German.
Address: Hinter dem Kurpark 13, Friedrichshagen
Directions: S-Bahn station Friedrichshagen
Open-air cinema Spandau
Spandau’s old town is a fantastic backdrop for one of the prettiest open-air cinemas in Berlin. This year, due to the Brexit shambles on everyone’s mind, they started the season with a retrospective of Monty Python films. But their programme is dominated mainly by German films.
Address: Carl-Schurz-Straße 13, Spandau
Directions: S-Bahn station Spandau
Did you know that besides a mini-golf course and a petting zoo, you can also find a fairly sizeable outdoor cinema in Hasenheide? Most films are shown in English with German subtitles, sometimes German with English subtitles. Every Wednesday our sister magazine Zitty selects one of its favourite films of the year, and, best of all, tickets for the open-air Kino can be used for the cinema at Hackesche Höfe as well (in case a change of plans is needed).
Address: Hasenheide, Neukölln
Directions: U-Bahn station Boddinstraße
The open-air cinema in the courtyard of Bethanien, the arts institution in a former hospital in Kreuzberg, is one of the oldest of its kind in Berlin. And, even better: it’s the only one showing films strictly in original language only. The programme ranges from Icelandic eco-thrillers to American art-house hits and German dramas with English subtitles.
Address: Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg
Directions: U-Bahn station Kottbusser Tor
Sommerkino Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz
Deckchairs and the best art-house movies of the year — sign us up! Together with the French-German TV channel Arte, Berlin’s Yorck cinema chain runs the Sommerkino on Potsdamer Platz.
Address: Matthäikirchplatz, Mitte
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz
Wedding’s Rehberge Park is home to an open-air cinema, too, and it might well have the most nature-y vibe, if you ask us. They screen a mix of well-known classics, popular films of the year, and art-house specials. You will definitely find us at the screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show on August 31st!
Address: Windhuker Straße, Wedding
Directions: U-Bahn station Rehberge
Freilichtbühne by Weißensee
Children’s films, GDR classics, puppet theatre — and some of the films you missed in the cinema last year and are excited to see in a far nicer setting. Go for a swim at the lake, then settle down with some popcorn for the evening.
Address: Große Seestraße 8-10, Weißensee
Directions: Trams 12, 27
Open-air Kino Mitte
A haven of weirdness at posh Hackescher Markt: Kino Central gives visitors a taste of how Berlin used to look just a few years ago. A good reason to return to the place you probably haven’t seen since you first visited Berlin and fell in love with it, is Central’s open-air cinema. Most films are shown in original language, and their selection is eclectic, to say the least. Book in advance for their screening of Berlin – Symphony of a Metropolis with a new electronic soundtrack performed live.
Address: Rosenthaler Straße 39, Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn station Weinmeister Straße
Translated by Aida Baghernejad
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