Summertime cinema gets some fresh air
The hot summer weather shouldn't be a reason to miss a night at the movies. In Germany, film buffs can choose from a number of open-air cinemas and enjoy all kinds of movies under a starry sky.
A cozy spot in the park
Fancy a movie and a relaxing picnic? At Berlin's open-air cinema in Friedrichshain, both are possible. Visitors can find a spot on benches or at café tables directly in front of the screen, or set up a comfortable spot on the grass with a blanket and picnic basket.
"Cinema, Moon & Stars" has been showing films outdoors in Munich's Westpark since 1995. The 13 stone steps of the semicircular amphitheater provide seating and a great view of the screen located on a stage in the middle of the west lake. Those who feel like staying out after the end credits can hang out in the urban park, and simply relax or have a BBQ.
The venue for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games is still used in a variety of ways today, and is a popular destination for sports enthusiasts and people out for a stroll. This is also the only German open-air cinema which shows 3D movies. From mid-May to mid-September, the LED technology even allows daytime screenings.
Cinema on the Elbe
The movie nights under the stars on the banks of the Elbe River in Dresden rank among the finest cinema experiences in Germany. Within sight of the illuminated old town, films are shown here from June to September. The venue is also occasionally used for concerts. With seating for 3,300, movie nights here are the largest in the country.
In the town of Alpirsbach in Baden-Württemberg, up to 300 film enthusiasts can enjoy the nighttime entertainment tucked between the massive sandstone walls of an old Benedictine monastery. Patrons can refresh themselves with a fresh draft beer from the adjacent brewery.
Film and industry
In Duisburg, the movies are almost a side attraction. Set against the magnificent scenery of a decommissioned blast furnace, films light up the silver screen on over 40 summer nights. After each performance, a light show bathes the old smelter in a fantastic sea of color.
Silent film icons
In the second week of August, the courtyard of Bonn University flickers to life with silent film classics. Works featuring Marlene Dietrich, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin are only a small part of the program at the 30th International Silent Film Festival. Just like back in the day, the films - shown free of Charge - are accompanied by live music.
A reformed miscreant
In Hamburg, film buffs flock to the Schanzenpark for summer movies. An area once known for bad company and illegal activities, this notorious site has become a valuable part of the city's cultural landscape. Along with Hollywood blockbusters, independent films and documentaries are also on the program.
Art in the barracks
In Ludwigsburg, films are shown outdoors at the Karlskaserne - army barracks which were built at the beginning of the 20th century. Once an area used for military exercises, the site is now a venue for various creative endeavors. Movies are shown here every summer in the first half of August.
Also in August, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is transformed into an open-air cinema. On over 16 nights, up to 700 spectators can enjoy the latest blockbusters and classic films at this futuristic venue.